Factory farming is not only destroying a way of life in America, it is destroying our food supply. As consumers we have the power to change this but our window of opportunity is closing quickly.
For Floyd and Mary Lou McVay, life will never be the same; not since 4,000 squealing, stinking hogs became their nearest neighbor. A decent pitcher could easily fire a fast ball into the massive buildings that confine the pigs, less than 400 feet from the back door of their home near Morenci, Michigan.
The McVays bought their battered, old farmhouse 32 years ago. Surrounded by fields of corn, alfalfa and beans, Floyd restored their home and planted scores of trees. The oaks, spruce and maple now tower over a beautiful country setting…beautiful except for the constant noise of the swine, the roar of giant exhaust fans, the stench, and a steady stream of truck traffic on their dirt road. The McVays had hoped to invite their grandchildren to the farm, play with them in the yard and retire happy. Life has not turned out that way.
The Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO or factory farm) has destroyed the McVay's enjoyment of their home and devastated their property value. No-one in their right mind would buy the McVay's house, now. (Except, perhaps, the owner of the pigs. He came right out and told Floyd that when he'd had enough and could no longer stand the stench and noise, that he'd gladly buy him out. No doubt he'd get a bargain.)