Community / Social Issues
Current Environmental Law Issues in Agriculture [73 KB pdf] (1998). Gary A. Meschishnick, Wallace Meschishnick Clackson Zawada, 901, 119 4th Avenue S., Saskatoon, SK, S7K 5X2 - This paper was part of a presentation made to the Saskatchewan Legal Education Society's Agricultural Law Update for Urban and Rural Practitioners, 1997.
Round Table on Resource Land Use and Stewardship (Prince Edward Island) was released to the public on September 3, 1997. Here will you will find the complete text of the report and its appendices. Printed copies of the Report are available from Island Information Service.
A Municipal Perspective on Risk Management and Agriculture [143 KB pdf]. Wayne Caldwell, Guelph School of Rural Planning and Development, U. of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G2W1 & County of Huron Dept of Planning & Development, Goderich, ON - Intensive livestock operations pose a level of environmental risk that can raise concerns and antagonism within the community. Some of these concerns are justified while others are more perceptual in nature. Municipalities are often lobbied by ratepayers to take action and to manage the risks associated with a changing and sometimes growing livestock industry. People see an evolving livestock industry affecting their personal quality of life, including the air that they breathe and the water that they drink This paper reviews some of the key societal, demographic and agricultural trends which impact at the community level.
Comments on the Permit Materials Submitted by DGH [28 KB pdf] and the Taiwan Sugar Corporation Concerning Economic Development and a Farrow-to-Finish Hog Operation in the Country of Flagstaff, Alberta, Canada (comments by Dr. Bill Weida, Dept of Economics, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, and The Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE) Factory Farm Project Oct. 20, 2000).
Comments on the Appeal by the Taiwan Sugar Corporation [21 KB pdf] of the Denial of a Development Proposal for A Farrow-to-Finish Hog Operation In the County of Forty Mile, Alberta, Canada (comments by Dr. Bill Weida, Dept of Economics, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, and The Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE) Factory Farm Project, Aug. 20, 2000).
A Review of the Development Proposal for A Farrow-to-Finish Hog Operation [52 KB pdf] by the Taiwan Sugar Corporation In the County of Forty Mile, Alberta, Canada (comments by Dr. Bill Weida, Dept of Economics, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, and The Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE) Factory Farm Project, June 12, 2000).
Impact Calculations for a Hog Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation [18 KB pdf] - A set of calculations on water usage and land application tailored to the specifics of a proposed operation in Canada (comments by Dr. Bill Weida, Dept of Economics, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs and The Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE) Factory Farm Project.
Living with Hogs in Rural Iowa. Bruce A. Babcock, tel. 515-294-6785, Joseph A. Herriges, Tel. 515-294-4964, and Silvia Secchi, Tel. 515-294-6173, Ctr for Agric. & Rural Development, Iowa State U. - Rural neighbors registered few complaints when nearly everyone had livestock. But the dramatic increase in the concentration of ownership now means that far fewer rural residents have a large financial interest in livestock. What once was the smell of money is now the smell of somebody else’s money.
GIS Analysis of Land Use on the Rural-Urban Fringe: The Impact of Land Use and Potential Local Disamenities on Residential Property Values and on the Location of Residential Development in Berks County, Pennsylvania [378 KB pdf] (June 2003) - Richard Ready & Charles Abdalla, Dept of Agric. Econ. and Rural Sociology, The Pennsylvania State U., University Park, PA 16802 - project demonstrated the utility and feasibility of using GIS and hedonic pricing analysis to investigate spatial interactions between residential and other land uses.
Large-Scale Hog Production and Processing: Concerns for Manitobans [153 KB pdf] (May 2000) - The Citizens' Hearing on Hog Production and the Environment was held in Brandon, 29-31 October 1999, to examine the environmental, economic, social, and public health aspects surrounding industrial scale hog production and processing, using the experience of other jurisdictions in North America.
Intensive Hog Farming in Manitoba: Trans-national Treadmills and Local Conflicts. [PDF] Joel Novek; The Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology; Feb 2003; 40, 1
Beyond Factory Farming: Corporate Hog Barns and the Threat to Public Health, the Environment, and Rural Communities [380 KB pdf] (2002) (ISBN 0-88627-366-8) Editors: Alexander M. Ervin, Cathy Holtslander, Darrin Qualman, Rick Sawa; Publisher: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives–Saskatchewan, 2717 Wentz Ave., Saskatoon, SK S7K 4B6; Tel 306-978-5308 Fax 306-922-9162; Hog mega-barns — also known as Intensive Livestock Operations (ILOs) or Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)—are tightly linked to corporate packing plants and have completely transformed how hogs are produced: the ownership and control of the barns, their relationship to the communities in which they are located, the destination of profits, conditions of work; treatment of animals, the barns’ impact on the environment, and the relation of local citizens to their government.
Lessons from Michigan: Strategies for Regulating Intensive Livestock Operations-Right to Farm and the Role of the State. [114 KB pdf] (Sept., 2002) Wayne Caldwell, Jennifer Ball & Melanie Williams, U. of Guelph. Concerns associated with livestock production have contributed to conflict in communities across rural North America (Grey, 2000; Caldwell, 2001). Real and perceived environmental, social, and economic issues related to the intensification of livestock production have led governments at the municipal, provincial/state and federal level to respond.
Agriculture & the Risk of Conflict in the New Rural Community [3828 KB pdf] (2002). Wayne J. Caldwell, Rural Planning & Development, U. of Guelph, & Co. Huron Dept of Planning - presented at: Maritime Pork Congress, Nov. 7-9, 2002.Charlottetown, PEI - potential conflict in rural communities - Issues & Strategies for agriculture.
The Benefits Of Community Based Energy Efficiency Projects: Report to the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes (UK) (Mar. 2004) [351 KB pdf] - CAG Consultants, on behalf of Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes - undertook independent research with the aim of establishing the benefits of adopting a community based approach to energy issues. 
Clean Energy Resource Team project (CERTS) - Minnesota - By relying more on community-scale renewable energy resources and energy conservation, communities can help prevent pollution and create local economic development opportunities. biogas digesters; biomass energy; cogeneration.
Building Community Focused Renewable Energy Capacity (New Brunswick). This newest "gold rush" is to exploit our wind. In Southeast New Brunswick, two intertwined organizations are doing just that - EOS Eco-Energy and Renew Co-op.
Co-op Power (Greenfield, MA, USA) - a regional network of local communities creating a multi-class, multi-racial movement for a sustainable and just energy future. We are a consumer-owned energy cooperative serving New York and New England.
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