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Raising a Stink
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In Nebraska, as in many states across the nation, factory farms housing tens of thousands of hogs have altered the physical, cultural, and economic landscape, and have generated complex and deeply divisive conflicts among family farmers, environmentalists, agribusinesses, and elected officials. A reporter long familiar with the controversy, Carolyn Johnsen draws on a wealth of interviews, archival material, and her own extensive experience as a journalist to present a timely, informative, and balanced account of this complicated and troubling agricultural practice—and to put a human face on its causes and consequences.
 
Here everyone has a say: farmers and neighbors suffering from proximity to the factory hog farms; pork producers adopting the latest hog confinement technology in the face of fierce opposition; politicians attempting to interpret the “science” and shape public policy in a maelstrom. The result is the story of a struggle for the heart and soul of rural America.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Chapter 1. If Economics Rule
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Chapter 2. Hog-Wild to Expand
  2. pp. 13-17
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  1. Chapter 3. Riled Up
  2. pp. 18-28
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  1. Chapter 4. Home Rule
  2. pp. 29-43
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  1. Chapter 5. The Legislature Weighs In
  2. pp. 44-55
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  1. Chapter 6. Hog Hiltons and Initiative 300
  2. pp. 56-67
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  1. Chapter 7. A Tale of Two Counties
  2. pp. 68-82
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  1. Chapter 8. The Marshal Comes to Dodge
  2. pp. 83-94
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  1. Chapter 9. Pork Tenderloin at the Capitol
  2. pp. 95-104
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  1. Chaper 10. Another Pass at the Legislature
  2. pp. 105-111
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  1. Chapter 11. Building on Sand
  2. pp. 112-124
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  1. Chapter 12. The Smell of Money
  2. pp. 125-134
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  1. Chapter 13. To Make a Silk Purse out of a Sow’s Ear
  2. pp. 135-147
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 149-172
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  1. Index [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 173-191
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