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undergroundpanther Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 09:49 PM
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Biohazard pink.
Pig shit lagoons at factory farms are not brown but actually bright fucking PINK.Bright PINK pig shit,WTF is making it PINK? Don't ask.

Here's the real color of a pig shit lagoon.

Here's the same one during hurricaine floods.
Smithfield's pigs live by the hundreds or thousands in warehouse-like barns, in rows of wall-to-wall pens. Sows are artificially inseminated and fed and delivered of their piglets in cages so small they cannot turn around. Forty fully grown 250-pound male hogs often occupy a pen the size of a tiny apartment. They trample each other to death. There is no sunlight, straw, fresh air or earth. The floors are slatted to allow excrement to fall into a catchment pit under the pens, but many things besides excrement can wind up in the pits: afterbirths, piglets accidentally crushed by their mothers, old batteries, broken bottles of insecticide, antibiotic syringes, stillborn pigs -- anything small enough to fit through the foot-wide pipes that drain the pits. The pipes remain closed until enough sewage accumulates in the pits to create good expulsion pressure; then the pipes are opened and everything bursts out into a large holding pond.


"The drugs Smithfield administers to its pigs, of course, exit its hog houses in pig shit. Industrial pig waste also contains a host of other toxic substances: ammonia, methane, hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, cyanide, phosphorous, nitrates and heavy metals. In addition, the waste nurses more than 100 microbial pathogens that can cause illness in humans, including salmonella, cryptosporidium, streptocolli and girardia. Each gram of hog shit can contain as much as 100 million fecal coliform bacteria.

The lagoons themselves are so viscous and venomous that if someone falls in it is foolish to try to save him. A few years ago, a truck driver in Oklahoma was transferring pig shit to a lagoon when he and his truck went over the side. It took almost three weeks to recover his body. In 1992, when a worker making repairs to a lagoon in Minnesota began to choke to death on the fumes, another worker dived in after him, and they died the same death. In another instance, a worker who was repairing a lagoon in Michigan was overcome by the fumes and fell in. His fifteen-year-old nephew dived in to save him but was overcome, the worker's cousin went in to save the teenager but was overcome, the worker's older brother dived in to save them but was overcome, and then the worker's father dived in. They all died in pig shit.

Good article here.

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If the temperature and wind aren't right and the lagoon operators are spraying, people in hog country can't hang laundry or sit on their porches or mow their lawns. Epidemiological studies show that those who live near hog lagoons suffer from abnormally high levels of depression, tension, anger, fatigue and confusion. "We are used to farm odors," says one local farmer. "These are not farm odors." Sometimes the stink literally knocks people down: They walk out of the house to get something in the yard and become so nauseous they collapse. When they retain consciousness, they crawl back into the house.

The daily La Jornada reported:

"Clouds of flies emanate from the rusty lagoons where the Carroll Ranches business tosses the fecal wastes of its pig farms, and the open-air contamination is already generating an epidemic of respiratory infections in the town of La Gloria, in the Perote Valley, according to Town Administrator Bertha Crisstomo Lpez."

The town has 3,000 inhabitants, hundreds of whom reported severe flu symptoms in March.

Read more:

Swine flu...It came from the pink lagoons.
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 09:54 PM
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1. OK You have now officially fucked me up for life
Damn! We need to go back to basics for our food supplies!

Can't wait until Food, Inc. comes out x( /

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truth2power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 09:56 PM
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2. I haven't touched anything made of pork in 30 years. n/t
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 10:32 PM
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3. As soon as I empty my freezer, I'm signing up with the local farmer
Who has chickens, pigs, goats and beef grass raised and free range for all my meat and eggs! I've already signed up for locally grown organic veggies - that starts a week from Monday. We're trading composted horse manure for some of the veggies, so that should save money. I might trade pasture space for meat - we may have some extra pasture this year. I could run a steer or three in the bottom pasture and get back a variety of meats and eggs without having to deal with the critters myself.
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Doremus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 10:55 PM
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4. I read something the other day that they are now recirculating that putrid liquid
back into the plant due to water shortages.

Being outside, birds can defecate into it, adding their pathogens to the brew before going back inside to the pigs.

Workers come into contact with the herds and toxins.

Swine/bird/human flu aka H1N1 is born.
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Maru Kitteh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-30-09 11:03 PM
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5. SWINE FLU - SWINE FLU - SWINE FLU ! Do not let the corporate bastards media campaign
shift the focus away from what they are doing to animals, our environment and people (the poorer the better) in the name of greed and profit.

Industrial farming is FUCKED UP.
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Maru Kitteh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-01-09 12:08 AM
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6. kicking again. Great post.
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