North Carolina’s big pig waste problem.

Increasing demands for meat have led to an environmental tipping point for industrial hog farming.

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The battle for transparency on North Carolina factory farms.

BY CHRISTINA COOKE  |  Animal Welfare, Business, ENVIRONMENT, FARMING, Food Justice

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40 countries are making polluters pay for carbon pollution. Guess who's not.

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Originals

Hog poop bacteria from big NC farms taints nearby homes.

Bacteria from large-scale industrial hog farms in North Carolina are contaminating the homes, lawns and air of nearby private homes, according to new evidence.

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As factory farms spread, so do toxic tort cases.

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North Carolina hog farms spray manure around black communities; Residents fight back.

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North Carolina legislators retreat from active CAFO lawsuit attack.

State legislators appear to have abandoned a drive to restrict court awards potentially available to some 500 Eastern North Carolina residents suing the world’s largest pork producer over farm odors and other alleged nuisances.

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Justice

Mapping those affected by North Carolina's factory-farm protection bill.

This Environmental Working Group map shows the North Carolina counties with the greatest number of residences located within a half-mile of a factory hog or chicken farm and/or open-air pits that hold hog waste; the darker the red, the greater the number. For an interactive version of the map, click here.

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Toxics

Hog waste drives new bill on compensation in contamination lawsuits.

John Wadsworth kneels with Bubba the pig, whom he cares for. He lives with John year-round when he's not traveling with the State Fair.

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Toxics

Troubled rivers: Can farm buyouts help?

RALEIGH — The long-troubled Neuse and the Cape Fear rivers are in the headlines again, joining nine others in the advocacy group American Rivers’ annual list of the nation’s most endangered systems.

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Toxics

North Carolina is latest in state CAFO battles.

A bill to restrict damages in active lawsuits in North Carolina against the world’s largest hog grower and pork producer may be one of the more aggressive moves nationally to shield intensive livestock agriculture from court penalties. But it’s far from the only example.

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