EDF working towards cleaner hog farms
The Environmental Defense Fund is set to bring relief
to North Carolina's hog farmers and those in the vicinity by installing cleaner
With ten million pigs in North Carolina's hog industry, animal waste stored
in open lagoons is a major environmental and health concern. This June, under
its new Lagoon Conversion Program, the state awarded grants of up to $500,000
each to two hog farms and a nearby plant that will use new technology to turn
the waste from 60,000 hogs into fertiliser.
â€œThis is a great beginning
for the state's push to convert all open-air lagoons to modern systems,â€ said
EDF environmental scientist Joseph Rudek.
Frontline Farmers, a coalition
from the hog industry and EDF are working to make conversion to the new systems
economically feasible. â€œOnce we get these systems working on the ground, we can
develop a market and bring down installation and operating costs,â€ Rudek
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