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Drugged Diets and Pig Pollution

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  • Ractopamine causes pigs to gain more muscle and put on weight rapidly, but it’s linked to health concerns in humans and farm animals
  • North Carolina environmental groups filed a complaint with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) alleging that pig farms are polluting the environment and putting the health of nearby minorities at risk
  • A newly proposed pig farm in Bayfield, Wisconsin has been met with fierce backlash from residents, who fear the CAFO will ruin the environment and pose a threat to the Lake Superior watershed

By Dr. Mercola

In the US, federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising pigs for pork.1 In fact, if a hog farmer wants to claim "no hormones added" on its pork labels, it must be followed by the statement that the use of hormones is prohibited by federal regulations.


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