CONSUMERS WANT TRANSPARENCY IN FOOD PRODUCTION
It was supposed to be a major achievement in Governor Sam Brownback’s efforts to bring jobs to Kansas. Instead, residents of Leavenworth County, Kan., quickly organized last month to thwart plans by Tyson Foods to build a $320 million poultry processing unit with 1,600 new jobs in their community. Tyson is no stranger to Kansas, with six facilities operating in the state employing 5,700 workers. But Tyson has not built a new facility in 20 years, and the prospect of a food giant operating near the county seat of Tonganoxie, population 5,000, sent residents into a panic.