2012 Winter - Will corporate agriculture swallow the family farm?

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FPJ0902 - Freshwater, D, Corporate Farms Should they be a concern

 Freshwater, D, (2012),  Corporate Farms Should they be a concern? in Farm Policy Journal, Vol. 9, N.2, Winter 2012, pp. 1-11

Corporate farms have drawn considerable criticism in recent years. They are held by some to embody the negative characteristics of industrial agriculture:unhealthy food, environmental damage and mistreatment of animals. The general sense of the core criticism of corporate farms is that in their search for profits and scale economies that benefit them directly, these farmers have adopted practices that result in significant costs for society collectively. But, in reality almost all corporate farms are operated by farm families who have no more incentive to behave in this manner than do operators of small farms.Large farms are more likely to take on a corporate form of business, and these farms now account for the majority of farm output. Economic and technical forces continue to push farmers to expand in order to increase efficiency. However, the public face of agriculture in most countries remains smaller traditional family farms. In many ways the concern with corporate farming reflects a growing disconnection between farmers and an urban society. Consumers are becoming increasingly concerned not just about the quality of their food but also about how it is produced. This has particular importance for large farms that are part of an integrated supply chain. If consumers mistrust corporate farms they may exert pressure on retailers and regulators that impacts farmers’ behaviour. For this reason alone it is in the interest of farmers to reassure the public that practices on farms of all sizes meet society’s expectations.

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ISSN 1449–2210 (Print)
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