In “Kasich to Ohio Farm Bureau: We need common sense government (Dec. 6, 2010),” I agree with the governor-elect’s contention that agriculture needs to be “cool” to attract new talent to the industry. In fact, young people at our nation’s coolest and most prestigious universities are getting into agriculture, but not the factory farming model. They are interested in healthy, organic, community-oriented farming, and so are consumers.
We are in the midst of a burgeoning organic farming and food movement that is picking up momentum every year. It’s not cool to pack animals into warehouses where they can’t even turn around or stretch their limbs, and no amount of rationalizing will change that.
The vast majority of citizens oppose the intensive confinement of animals, and so does a new breed of farmers.
Watkins Glen, N.Y.
(The author is president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary.)