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USA: Smithfield Foods, the largest pork processor in the world, killed 27 million hogs last year

America's top pork producer churns out a sea of waste that has destroyed rivers, killed millions of fish and generated one of the largest fines in EPA history.

27 million hogs: That's a number worth considering. A slaughter-weight hog is fifty percent heavier than a person. The logistical challenge of processing that many pigs each year is roughly equivalent to butchering and boxing the entire human populations of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Columbus, Austin, Memphis, Baltimore, Fort Worth, Charlotte, El Paso, Milwaukee, Seattle, Boston, Denver, Louisville, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Las Vegas, Portland, Oklahoma City and Tucson.

Smithfield Foods actually faces a more difficult task than transmogrifying the populations of America's thirty-two largest cities into edible packages of meat. Hogs produce three times more excrement than human beings do. The 500,000 pigs at a single Smithfield subsidiary in Utah generate more fecal matter each year than the 1.5 million inhabitants of Manhattan. The best estimates put Smithfield's total waste discharge at 26 million tons a year. That would fill four Yankee Stadiums. Even when divided among the many small pig production units that surround the company's slaughterhouses, that is not a containable amount....

Comment: It's understandable that hog farms are not welcome anywhere in US.
Solution? Outsourcing! Why not to new Europe????

Source: Welcome to the dark side of the other white meat.

Link: Ohio Hog Farm Torture: Court Date, Tuesday, January 30

Date: 2007-01-24

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Swine-flu outbreak linked to Smithfield factory farms (en)

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USA: PETA Calls for Cruelty-to-Animals Charges Against Smithfield Foods (en)

USA: PETA Calls for Cruelty-to-Animals Charges Against Smithfield Foods (en)

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Poland: Smithfield Foods meat processing plant shut (en)

USA: Company outsources pigsties to Poland (en)


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