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Big Bucks vs. Small Farms

If you’re a Kennedy you might not have to worry about making ends meet, but Iowa hog farmers do. Environmental controls pushed by groups like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s Water Keeper Alliance could drive some Iowa family farms out of business. Says one farmer: “They’ve already got enough rules on the books. Let’s enforce what we’ve got.”

But for Water Keepers, cleaning up the environment is just an excuse for, in Kennedy’s words, putting “an end to this industry” — the pork industry. Even Kennedy’s onetime mentor, Riverkeeper founder Robert Boyle, has said Kennedy “is very reckless. He’s assumed an arrogance above his intellectual stature.” And as an attorney who has worked with Kennedy has put it, Kennedy “separates himself from good science at times in order to aggressively pursue an issue and win.” And if he wins his crusade to cripple the pork industry, he won’t stop there. He’s said of the poultry and beef industries: “We’re starting with hogs. After the hogs, then we are going after the other ones.”

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