The Project

Arthur Dunham, a large animal veterinarian from Northeastern Iowa, has spent years poring over research papers and farm publications in attempts to remedy the underlying causes of unusual animal ailments.  In 2008 his daughter Leah Dunham decided to turn her father’s research notes and observations into a book.  In her book, America’s Two-Headed Pig, she explains how several veterinary diagnoses have been complicated by genetically modified, antibiotic resistant, and pesticide dependent ag systems.  In each chapter, she explores how an animal illness has been affected by two-headed science — science that has been deformed and corrupted by vested interests. She also uses stories from her personal experiences on Iowa livestock farms to illustrate the numerous connections between these illnesses and misinformed policies.  She argues that changes to farm policies and human consumption patterns could make huge differences to the future health of all creatures, great and small.


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  1. The “Farm Bill” needs to be rewritten and America needs to re-invest in the very small farmer. Where I grew up, on a very small farm, in the evening meadowlarks were sitting on the electric wires singing their incredibly beautiful song – now it’s very rare to see or hear a meadowlark. Birds would line up in long rows on the wires – hundreds in a row, and in the fall the blackbirds gathering for migration, doing their aerial dance, would seem to be miles and miles long. Now, you see a very small flock. I miss those birds, their songs, the honeybees, toads, quail, killdeer, rabbits and blackbirds that gathered and nested around the pond. I know the chain of diversity being killed off by the herbicides and pesticides used in today’s farming. I recently read a statement of intention to try to kill the rats. Rats and mice are a very important part of the food chain for foxes, snakes, owls and hawks among others. “Weeds” provide food both in foliage and in seeds for wildlife; when it’s poisoned and consumed it goes right through the food chain. Our current practices will eventually come to our table as well.

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