Factory Farms Make North And South Carolina Flood Waters A Toxic Soup

800px-fema_-_399_-_photograph_by_dave_saville_taken_on_09-19-1999_in_north_carolinaBrandon Turbeville

Natural Blaze 

In another example of the dangers posed by factory farms, the flood waters left by Hurricane Matthew all over North and South Carolina have brought with it the hundreds and hundreds of rotting hog and chicken carcasses leaving a toxic soup of contaminated flood water all across eastern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina.

Because North Carolina is one of the largest factory farm states in the entire country, rising water poses a special danger, especially in places like Tar Hill, a small North Carolina town that is actually home to the world’s largest pork production plant. Just in Duplin county alone, more than 2 million hogs are raised. Thus, when the flood waters rise, the factory farm animals simply meet a gruesome death sooner than otherwise planned.

After the waters reach a certain point, however, those carcasses rise to the surface, rot in the sun, decay, and marinate before spreading out amongst the water that has seeped into homes, drinking water systems and virtually everywhere. In Nichols, South Carolina, where hog carcasses had floated and peppered in between homes in the town, home owners who had evacuated returned to inspect the damage only to be greeted with a horrific smell, driving them back out of the town again.

Hog waste lagoons, an environmental catastrophe in their own right, also pose a threat because when the water reaches them, it also carries the waste with it. Hog waste and animal carcasses of course will mix with sewer overflows, oil tankers and other chemical production facilities to ensure an environmental catastrophe.

While the flood waters are not the fault of the farm itself, mass scale factory farming and centralized, industrial-scale farm units play a major role in making the flood waters even worse.

In 2016, the argument in favor of maintaining a factory-farm based food system is virtually non-existent while the list of cons could fill a book.

Note: Featured image of Mississippi farm flooding, photo above taken by FEMA in North Carolina after Hurricane Floyd in 1999

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  • David S

    The same thing happens routinely in Chino, California and the adjacent “San Bernardino County Dairy Preserve.” Tens if not hundreds of thousands of head of cattle live on feed lots in the “preserve” and the resulting manure and urine accumulations are simply disgusting. There are limits imposed on the quantity of manure that can be legally spread on local farms and much of the manure exists in mountainous piles that can easily be seen by satellite image on Googlemaps (the area bounded by Euclid, the I15 freeway, Pine avenue, and East Riverside Drive especially). When the winter rains come pouring out of the adjacent San Gabriel mountains (the steepest mountain range on earth), they wash across the valley, picking up massive quantities of manure on their path. This waste then washes down into the Santa Ana River at the low point of the valley and then into Prado Lake (man-made lake behind Prado Dam) when the nitrates either kill the fish directly or cause such massive algae blooms that the fish are killed by depleted oxygen in the water. For those attempting to drive through the area, the intersections headed east are awash in rivers of manure, etc. and the smell is horrible. During the rest of the year, the quantity of manure and animal waste is so heavy that most local wells are contaminated beyond state limits with “nitrates” (a fancy word for animal waste). And truly, what is an appropriate level of animal waste in one’s water anyway? Factory farming is driven as much by massive consumer demand for animal products at every meal, etc. as anything else.