Integrating epidemiology, education, and organizing for environmental justice: community health effects of industrial hog operations

Author Name: 
Wing, S., Horton, R. A., Muhammad, N., Grant, G. R., Tajik, M. and Thu, K.
Publication Date: 
Friday, August 1, 2008
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According to Wing et al. the public health dangers to the pollution added by hog farms are numerable and serious, because of this Wing notes many public protests and inquiries on the safety of industrial large occupancy hog farming. Based on my cursory search of Google and Maps, there were no large hog/pig farms in Arizona Indian lands. Further research is needed on this topic but it could show a lack of relevance. That being said, the article goes into several deleterious effects from hog farming, air pollution by the emittence of methane gas or fecal odors. Water pollution by slurry into the watershed, and soil pollution. Wing et. Al.propose that more research is needed on the topic however they note it is difficult to conduct it for three reasons, first there is a distrust in the communities where the hog farms typically are, low income minority neighborhoods who have had quite enough of researchers with clipboards and do not trust them to solve the problem, sometimes they simply do not care what the effects are, they just want to be rid of fecal matter, sludge, and the smells, in their homes and the final issue gathering members of the community to assist is near impossible as their skills in research are quite lacking. Still some research on the environment impact of hog farms continues. This article has uses in knowing more about industrial farming pollution, the research of the effects of that pollution and epidemiological design. It is weak on content for Native American issues.