Bion Environmental Technology, Inc. is proposing to develop a cattle finishing facility that would hold over 72, 000 cows. If built, Bion’s Beef finishing facility would be the largest of it’s kind east of the Mississippi River and would bring the trend toward consolidated feeding operations to New York’s back yard. It is no surprise that the town board of Schroeppel, NY has been receptive to the project as Oswego County is one of the most economically depressed counties in New York State.
I wrote a editorial about it on Civil Eats and it was published the morning. There has been a lot of chatter online about a series of “sustainable” and “local” CAFO’s that will feed cattle ethanol byproducts. It is impossible for small farmer’s to compete against economies of scale this large, and possibly the most alarming part of this trend is that they will be funded by our state and federal tax dollars.
The best defense against the consolidation that is killing rural communities across America is an empowered and knowledgeable consumer. This is why I am such a proud blogger, I think we have the potential to create a lot of change even if it just one CAFO at a time.