Only after the last tree has been cut down.  Only after the last river has been poisoned.  Only after the last fish has been caught.  Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.

"When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. In this context the proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should bear the burden of proof." - Wingspread Statement of the Precautionary Principle.

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There are many alternatives to ILO's.  Below are just some of the ways farming and agriculture can both diversify and stimulate economy without jeopardizing our environment and way of life:
Hog Farming:
Three of many articles in the publication Greenbook '99 are referenced below. They require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

Published by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Energy and Sustainable Agriculture Program (ESAP) the Greenbook '99 describes results from 40 on-farm demonstration grant projects researching sustainable and profitable methods of raising crops and livestock. Click here to access the entire Greenbook publication and program.
Deep Straw Bedded Swine Finishing System Utilizing Hoop Buildings

Mark and Nancy Moulton are farrow to finish hog producers adjacent to a growing town. They wanted to minimize odours from their operation to ensure that they remained 'good neighbours' and could continue to produce pigs. With a water table just a few feet below the surface, the Moultons also wanted to continue to protect their water resources. They added a deep straw hoop house finishing building to their range of production methods and have been monitoring its economic, labour and environmental performance. Click here to read the article.

Hoop Houses and Pastures for Mainstream Hog Producers

Tiring of the conventional wisdom that a small, mixed farming operation could not compete with large confinement livestock facilities, the Van der Pols wanted to demonstrate that their low-input system could be profitable and did not require excessive labour. Labour requirements and production figures for farrowing in hoop houses and on pasture in huts will be compared to figures from conventional confinement systems. Click here to read the article.

Low Cost Sow Gestation in Hoop Structure

This project demonstrates a low cost, low odour, scale neutral, farmer and pig friendly gestation system using deep bedded hoop buildings for housing. Click here to read the article.

Free Range Pork Society:
We have received word that a group of folks who believe in producing healthy pigs in a healthy environment are interested in forming the Free-Range Pork Society.
For more details about this imaginative alternative to pig factories, please contact:
Sandy or Barry Schorr,
Box 70, Moosomin, SK  S0G 3N0
Telephone:  (306) 435-3737
Fax:  (306) 435-4324

Jean Hiron
RR #1, Rose Valley, SK  S0E 1M0
Telephone/Fax:  (306) 322-4640
Hemp Farming:

Canadian farmers have been growing industrial hemp commercially since 1998. This followed several years of research trials in regions across Canada. Hemp is strictly regulated under a licensing system administered by Health Canada's Office of Controlled Substances. In 2002 1530 h. of hemp were grown in Canada for seed, grain and fibre. There are considerable value-added uses for hemp materials: estimates as to the value of Canada's hemp sector are between $5 -20 million CDN and growing. SHA networks with associations, businesses and governments from across the country and abroad to help grow the industry.

Cattle Farming:

The Canadian Organic Livestock Association (COLA) is a producer-controlled, international marketing association whose main focus is market development for certified organic Canadian meat products,  primarily beef.

Our primary goal is to ensure that consumers have available, wholesome livestock products that have been produced and processed in accordance with internationally recognized organic livestock standards for production and ethical treatment.