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Saturday, August 06, 2005

More About the Human Victims of Factory Farming and How this Affects us all 

Back in April, there was an article run that really pointed out how badly agribusiness is hurting rural communities, farmers, and families. This article is just one example of the toll this sort of business takes on many lives and communities across the country and, indeed, the world.

It was entitled, "Sweatshops in the Fields: Texas Chicken Farmers" and painted a very sad picture of what is happening in many rural communities.

This sad episode that resulted in several deaths and an injury by gunshot is not the only story of its kind, sadly enough. And, it is a good example of what happens when people lose all hope and get desperate, especially when they feel like no one cares. This incident happened at a Sanderson Farms operation, but it could have been any of the agribusiness giants that have ruined so many lives.

A man, Barry Townsend, devastated by agribusiness, was so upset that he shot people he held responsible for his situation and financial ruin. Then he shot himself in the head. He was only 46 years old and with a family.

My 30 minutes has run out, so this post wasn't as long as I had hoped, but I will talk about the human victims a bit more on my next post.

Until then, read his story. It's the least you can do.
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