March 27, 2010

NYT: Slaughterhouse Bottleneck

Push to Eat Local Food Is Hampered by Shortage

In what could be a major setback for America’s local-food movement, championed by so-called locavores, independent farmers around the country say they are forced to make slaughter appointments before animals are born and to drive hundreds of miles to facilities, adding to their costs and causing stress to livestock.

As a result, they are scaling back on plans to expand their farms because local processors cannot handle any more animals.
Read more at the New York Times.