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Polluting Pigs in Politics

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Big agriculture is among those with a heavy hand in academia, working to cover up the polluting practices of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)
  • From scholarship opportunities to direct contributions, agribusiness influence can be felt at both Iowa State University and the University of Iowa, as well as in academia across the U.S.
  • There exists an unspoken rule that research painting the industry in an unfavorable light would not be tolerated and perhaps never published
  • Local governments are also known to turn a blind eye to the industry, allowing legal loopholes that allow pollution and animal cruelty to continue
  • Because of the atrocious state of the CAFO pig industry, grass fed heritage pork is the only pork you should eat

It's common knowledge that academic research is often funded by corporations and tainted by industry interests, from the food industry to pesticide makers alike. Big agriculture is also among those with a heavy hand in academia, working to cover up the polluting practices of its concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

The late Steve Wing, a researcher with the University of North Carolina, a state that's the second largest pork producer in the U.S. and home to numerous, densely-packed hog CAFOs, is just one example. Wing worked on research such as a 2015 study that tracked fecal waste from pigs in surface water near hog CAFOs.

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