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·         Smithfield: Animal activists behaving like Antifa

·         Environmentalists call for the end of hog projects they say affect communities of color



Smithfield: Animal activists behaving like Antifa

Animal rights activist behaviors are becoming increasingly aggressive, so it is imperative to counter those actions with transparency


By Roy Graber,

on May 3, 2021


The chief sustainability officer (CSO) of Smithfield Foods said animal rights activists are becoming more and more aggressive, comparing their extremist actions to those of Antifa.


Smithfield CSO Stewart Leeth, speaking during the Animal Agriculture Alliance pre-conference webinar, Expanding the Base: What Companies and Organizations are Doing to Promote…


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Environmentalists call for the end of hog projects they say affect communities of color


Kristen Johnson, The Fayetteville Observer (NC)

May 3, 2021


More than two dozen environmentalist and social justice groups signed a petition detailing concerns about the potentially harmful impacts of biogas projects in rural North Carolina communities of color and are calling for their elimination.


The document, signed by 26 groups including the NC Sierra Club, the NC Conservation Network and the Poor People's Campaign, also criticizes Smithfield Foods for not upholding a promise the company made to create safer technologies to manage hog waste on swine farms in the state.


In the 2000 agreement, Smithfield Foods vowed to spend $15 million to get rid of the lagoon and spray-field system which showers hog waste onto crops, contributes to the pollution of the air and groundwater, and has adverse health effects on communities living around the industrialized hog farms, according to environmentalists.


The pork company partnered with Dominion Energy to create the Align Renewable Natural Gas Project in 2018, an operation in Sampson and Duplin counties to convert hog waste into biogas that will power homes .


Community members spoke out against the project over a lack of transparency from the two companies on potential dangers and for failing to remove the spray system.


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