Wednesday September 24, 2014

Food Fight: Why one farmer hates the phrase 'factory farm'

photo credit: EssjayNZ

photo credit: EssjayNZ

Romy Schill says "factory farm" is narrow minded, and often used in conversations that omit the voices of farmers like her.

She heard the phrase in last week's edition of Food Fight, and got in touch to let us know what she thinks.

We decided to take Romy up on her suggestion to talk to a real farmer, and gave her a call. She says the phrase "factory farm" has bad connotations, but many people who use it don't really know much about farming.

And she says too many people hear little bits of information about farms from activist groups, and in the media, but they don't have enough information to make informed decisions.

"If you've never been on a farm, worked on a farm, and until you've done that, you don't know what's going on...and you can't take those tidbits of information and say 'big bad factory farms, they're doing everything wrong, you shouldn't eat meat.'"