To the detriment of North Carolina’s public and environmental health, the population of hogs in North Carolina has surpassed people in the past 20 years. Yet, we utilize one of the least advanced models of industrial pork production in the country. The 40 million gallons of waste produced daily by North Carolina’s hogs seeps into the groundwater through unlined manure lagoons that can be 6 acres in size and is sprayed in massive quantities onto nearby fields—within 75 feet of schools and homes.
The good news is that prior to factory farms with manure lagoons, North Carolina had a vibrant community of small- and medium-sized hog farms, each with manageable amounts of waste.
With our legislators up for re-election in November, they are listening to our needs. Now is the perfect time to tell them to become leaders for our public and environmental health by cleaning up factory hog farms.
We need to hold our Representatives accountable and we need to get thousands of people supporting this campaign to do it.
You have a critical opportunity to make factory farming an election issue this fall. Come to Food and Water Watch’s kick-off meeting on Thursday, September 16th at 7:00 PM in the Beloved Community Center (417 Arlington St, Greensboro, NC 27406) to learn more about the issue, hear from other interested community members, and take part in finalizing our action plan to make this campaign a huge success.
I look forward to seeing you on Thursday, Sept. 16th at 7:00 PM at the Beloved Community Center.
Food & Water Watch Organizer