According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data published in U.S. News and World Report, 9 of the 10 U.S. cities with the highest unemployment rates have a history of factory farming. I’m working on an academic paper about how the political and economic institutions that formed in regions around factory farming decades ago or more can persist even after the area becomes urban. These institutions tend to favor ruling elites in political and economic struggles. As a result, urban areas in regions with a history of factory farming tend to have high poverty rates. I hope to submit the article to a sociology journal by the end of this spring. I’ll keep you posted.