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The world eats cheap bacon at the expense of North Carolina’s rural poor

Pork has always been important to North Carolina’s economy. It was among 16 commodities used as legal tender by colonists in the early 1700s, and for almost as long, farmers and their neighbors have been fighting over how the animals should be managed. Today, the industry accounts for close to $8 billion a year in revenue and 46,000 full-time jobs in production and processing, according to the North Carolina Pork Council, making the state the second largest pork producer in the US.


Accompanying all those swine is a lot of waste—hogs produce two-to-five times as much waste as humans. North Carolina does not release exactly how much manure is produced a year, and Smithfield declined to disclose how much its pigs produce, but estimates range between 15.5 million tons (pdf, p. 5) for the state’s top five pork producing counties to 2.53 billion gallons for the whole state. The nearly 2.3 million hogs raised in Duplin County generated twice as much waste as the entire city of New York (p.11) in 2007, the nonprofit Food and Water Watch estimates.

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This article could lead to deeper understanding of systems and the idea that there is no such thing as a free (or cheap) lunch. There are almost always victims in our economy. Food production is no exception.

 

What does this say about the relationship between democracy and capitalism? What are some easy solutions to the problems in this article? What are some predictions of unintended consequences? 

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Top 5 Legal Mythbusters - NakedLaw by Avvo.com

Top 5 Legal Mythbusters - NakedLaw by Avvo.com | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Rumors and urban myths impact our decision making --in and out of the classroom-- more often than we would like to admit. Don't let it happen by staying informed and fact checking.

 

exerpt: "Sure, frivolous lawsuits occur sometimes—people are greedy jerks and will take advantage of the system if they can—but in reality, they are few and far between. And most of the ones bandied about by tort reformers are actually completely untrue, or important information that makes them justifiable was left out. Here are a few you might not know about."

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