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Hurricane Floodwaters Cause CAFO Waste Lagoons to Overflow

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  • U.S. CAFOs produce 500 million tons of manure annually, which is three times the amount of sewage produced by humans
  • Much of the waste is stored in open-air “lagoons” that may be breached by floodwaters from hurricanes
  • North Carolina waste lagoons have overflowed due to hurricanes repeatedly; in 1996 following Hurricane Fran, in 1998 following Hurricane Bonnie, in 1999 following Hurricane Floyd and in 2016 following Hurricane Matthew

By Dr. Mercola

While pig farms exist in virtually all U.S. states, pig concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are heavily concentrated in a handful of states, namely Iowa, North Carolina, Minnesota and Illinois.


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