8 Disgusting Facts About Hog Poop

It’s not just the stink: Those who live near factory hog farms report headaches, coughing, wheezing, and diarrhea.


Manure isn’t supposed to smell good. But people living near hog farms complain of unbearable stenches that affect their health and essentially keep them prisoners in their own homes. The Environmental Protection Agency does not regulate manure odor, and neither do most states. In the May/June 2014 issue of Mother Jones, Bridget Huber writes about two attorneys bringing odor nuisance suits against Big Pork—and winning their hog stink-affected clients at least $32 million to date.

So just how much poop are we talking about here? And what’s it really like to be neighbors with a factory hog farm? A few facts to keep in mind:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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