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Those are not veal pens! Those calves are housed individually to prevent disease. If you want to learn about dairy farming, ask a farmer, not the internet
I grew up in a small town with small farms. My Granparents were farmers. .We need small family farms who care about the animals, raising fruit and vegetables. Locally grown. No Big comercialized meat and dairy and chicken factories.
Good, close them all down. Look at those poor calves who loose their mommies because we want their milk, and then killed as veal. No babies should be killed for a beverage that isn't even good for us.
The idea that farm country is the Heartland of America is laughable.
Farm country has become the Corporate Land of America.
I hope one day veal pens are a thing of the past. I had NO idea so much cruelty was involved in dairy production when I was a kid, now that I know I drink almond milk instead.
The small farm dream requires a lot of ingenuity and diversification. My wife and I just started on 60 acres, and in a few more years I fully expect that it'll start paying for itself. Urbanization and industrialization have seen the highest levels of depression and suicide in human history. So much more than when people worked the land. The dream is real if you're willing to throw way more effort into it than any civilized human is used to.
Tragic that people are losing the opportunity to constantly impregnate animals, and suck out and market the fluids intended for their offspring.
It's sad really. So many go under and have to sell their farms. It was their lifelong business and they are left not knowing how to make a living. 😕
I was always under the assumption that NPR listeners were well-educated and informed about matters as the network tries to present itself as unbiased. However, looking at these comments, I see a bunch of ill-informed "listeners" (they don't listen, just assert their opinions) about dairy farms, veal calving and agriculture as a whole. Your "Farm to Table" holier than thou attitude, needs to talk to farmers and not just at the Farmer's Market and ask them what's it like to work constantly just to make so little to feed you and those around the world.
No big milk is not the problem. The God damn federal government and all its regulation and taxes is the problem for the small farmer. Everyone complains about giant corporate farms while voting in government officials who make farms bigger.