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Fact or fiction? 7 eco-myths debunked

By: Shea Gunther on Dec. 23, 2009, 10 a.m.
Small farms are good, big ones are evil

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Small farms are good; big farms are evil

The conventional green wisdom on farms is smaller is better. We've been told repeatedly by passionate activists and persuasive literature that smaller, independent farms are preferable to those owned by giant corporations, but is that sentiment always true? Not always. Occasionally big farms are better than the little guy. Freelance journalist Tracie McMillan found that some workers prefer the benefits and consistency of a larger operation. Big farms are also more likely to be visited by government inspectors, and there is something to be said for the efficiency gained from a large-scale operation. We certainly need to support small farms, but we shouldn't dismiss all big farms as evil.