In a state where factory pig farming is big business and hog waste lagoons are the norm, North Carolina Health News reports on a Goldsboro farm run by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems that acts as a model for smaller-scale, sustainable hog production. Pigs are raised without antibiotics, with space to move around, and their waste is absorbed by fresh hay, which keeps it out of the kind of open-air lagoons that have plagued residents of Eastern North Carolina:
Researchers have found that lagoon and spray systems can cause increases in harmful airborne pollutants, as well as spikes in asthma symptoms among nearby residents. Residents living near hog farms have also complained of persistent malodors.
And in an ongoing legal complaint, environmentalists have claimed that the state’s hog regulations are racially discriminatory, in that they allow farms to operate with waste-control technology that puts nearby minorities’ health at risk.
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