By: Brandon Turbeville | Natural Blaze
In another example of the dangers posed by factory farms, doctor 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.