Sustainability of land use for future intensive hog operations in the central region of Manitoba

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Price, Jeffrey H.
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'Sustainability of Land Use for Future Intensive Hog Operations in the Central Region of Manitoba' examines the three aspects of sustainability, namely environmental, economic, and social, as they relate to land use for the proposed expansion of the hog industry in Manitoba. Proposed growth of the hog industry can conflict with ex-urban residents, therefore land use in the Central Region must be thoroughly reviewed to resolve this potential problem. The literature on the subject is compared to views of rural councils (there are 24 in the Central Region) based on a largely self-administered survey conducted in June and July 1999. Comparison in the literature with views of rural councils in the Central Region will provide insight into how the hog industry might develop in this Region. Survey results seem to indicate that while rural councils are non-committal in establishing their views on environmental sustainability, they have some difficulty with economic and social aspects. This is somewhat contrary to the literature, which argues for environmental and economic sustainability, but indicate a lack of social sustainability research. Conclusions state that environmental sustainability is possible with adequate legislative enforcement, but that time must be spent in ongoing evaluation of social and economic issues particular to the Central Region as the proposed expansion of the hog industry takes place. The findings in this thesis could be of interest to local and provincial governments, and will hopefully lead to further research into the social and economic issues that are important to the Central Region.