News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 4, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Feb. 4, 2013

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Surprising volume of fed employees

Call me naive, but I was surprised at these statistics. According to a letter sent out by Louis Clark, president of the Government Accountability Project (GAP), January 2013, our government has hundreds of agencies, 2 million employees and 12 million contractors and grantees.

It’s fairly certain none of them work for minimum wage. That’s all I’m saying. GAP is a nonprofit organization that protects whistleblowers for corporate and government employees and contractors.

— Pat Creasey

Terre Haute

Food production must be humane

Ag Forecast precedes the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association’s annual fish fry at the Indiana State Fairgrounds this Saturday in Grand Hall at 9:30 a.m. It is free and open to the public.

Purdue Associate Professor of Animal Sciences Candace Croney will lead a discussion with Purdue experts and the USDA titled “Balancing Act: Meeting the Growing Demands for Food, Enhanced Animal Well-being and Consumer Trust.”

The article “Taking on a Leadership Role” (Purdue News Agriculture, by Keith Robinson, December 2012) explores how Purdue is researching issues connected to animal well-being, the focus of this discussion.

There is a commonly held misconception that animal agriculture is “providing enough food for the world,” and that there is a “growing demand for food.” (Brazil Times, “Seminar to focus on where food comes from,” Jan. 17).

Since the ’70s the world has produced enough food to feed everyone on the planet. World hunger is created by poverty and landlessness, which deny people access to food. If agriculturalists really want to feed the hungry, they would encourage land reform, put farmers back on the land and push for wealth redistribution.

Current practices are destroying the planet as evidenced by the rise in global temperature, the pollution of our water, land and air. Animal agriculture contributes more CO2 emissions than transportation. It takes more than 10 to 100 times more water for a meat-based diet vs. plant-based diet, yet the industry justifies current farming practices under the guise of feeding the world. Animal agriculture as it exists today is neither sustainable, efficient nor humane.

It is essential that we demand to know the true source of our food. Change is inevitable and required. Your voice needs to be heard.  

Hoosiers for Humane Animal Agriculture (h4haa@yahoo.com) urges anyone concerned about the humane farmed animal practices, and the effect of industrialized agriculture on the earth, people and animals to attend.

— Rev. Marian

Patience Harvey, RN

Roachdale

— Constance Campbell Ferry

Hobbit Gardens

Earth Gatherings Center

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