Largest Animal Epidemic in History Is Due to Factory Meat Production

The African Swine Fever outbreak, which has now spread to China, could result in the slaughter of 200 million hogs this year, in an effort to get the disease under control. Rob Wallace of the Agroecology and Rural Economics Research Corps outlines the causes and possible solutions.



NOTE: this video was originally published to on June 14, 2019.


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  • Please consider, in the future, changing “Industrial Farming” to a more accurate label: Factory Meat Production, or something else that does not use the word Farm in it: For 5 + years I worked with a small group of farmers/rural neighbors attempting to stop a different (unacceptable) problem caused by our ‘local’ Factory Meat Producers (pork, feedlot beef).

    The buildings are:

    1-run like factories;
    2-employees’ work conditions/treatment: terrible;
    3-they are secret operations;
    4-animal treatment is horrific.

    Do these sound like your working ranch or a neighbor’s family farm you’ve visited? No. They are factories, not farms.

    (Thanks for the info re the hog-epidemic.Seems worthy of front page news – even if ‘below the fold’ – for every newspaper in the U.S.)

    Best regards, Pat W

    • Thanks Pat, I agree.

      It is really hard to convey to the average person how bad these operations are. The more precise the term, the more esoteric and less understandable it often becomes. Nevertheless, I have changed the title to reflect this comment.

      Your list omits that Texas and many other states have millions of free-ranging pigs which are shot, trapped – and even poisoned – as diseased vermin – and left to rot, even though free-ranging pork has almost no health issues in comparison to factory pork, no cruelty in its animal treatment, no environmental harm, and is cheaper by far to produce. This production method protects the markets, and business models of the big factory operators, and the multiple interlinked interests of the universities, agencies and legislators who support them.

      There are many articles discussing this posted on this blog site.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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