Resilient family-scale sustainable organic farming is clearly the better way. Suddenly, the Fed’s infamous sixty-year-old “Cheap Food Policy” is showing its major flaws and failings.
Extreme flooding in NC – the result of excessive rains from ‘Mathew’ – has been jarring for farmers in North Carolina. The heavy concentration of huge hog operations, and attendant manure lagoons, in the high-impact-area is anything but a pretty picture. Jim
“A filthy brown sea, a slurry of mud, debris, chemicals and waste, has overtaken miles of rural counties in North Carolina. Against the drab water, the shiny metal roofs of hog houses are impossible to miss, visible from the air, as are the rectangular and diamond-shaped outlines of massive lagoons constructed just feet away.
“When those lagoons are doing their job, the liquid excrement they hold is a deep reddish-pink. Berms and pumps are designed to keep that bacteria-laden sludge from spilling out. But across coastal plain here – home to one of the highest concentrations of hog farms in the country – the lagoons’ content now looks more like the surrounding floodwater.
“In a state already reeling from lost lives, homes and livelihoods, the color is evidence of major environmental risks…
“The extent of the damage will not be known until the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality conducts tests in the coming weeks. But it has quickly renewed criticism of industry practices and state regulation, particularly of the state’s 2,100 hog farms.
“‘What this flooding does is really bring to light all the human health and environmental consequences of letting them have these open pits of [fecal] waste just sitting out there,’ said Mae Wu, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council.”