[permaculture] Poplar trees may be new draw for pig farms

mIEKAL aND dtv at mwt.net
Tue Dec 16 14:22:38 EST 2003


The factory pig farms are the real problem which needs to be addressed. 
  Finding green solutions for corrupt corporate farming practices seems 
like a miniscule bandaid for a much larger problem.  mIEKAL


On Tuesday, December 16, 2003, at 12:44 PM, Saor Stetler wrote:

> Poplar trees may be new draw for pig farms
>
>
> Tuesday, December 16, 2003
> By Estes Thompson, Associated Press
>
>
> There are 1,700 inactive lagoons in North Carolina waiting cleanup and 
> 4,500 more lagoons in use. North Carolina ranks second in hog 
> production at 9.6 million animals, behind Iowa at 15 million head.
>
> National Pork Board figures show one animal produces between 8,000 
> pounds and 64,000 pounds of waste a year, depending on its > development.
>
> Cleaning out a typical lagoon could cost as much as $40,000 an acre, 
> not counting the cost of land on which to spread the sludge. The 
> sludge can't fertilize crops for human consumption. Humenik said the 
> typical lagoon cleanup using the poplars would cost between $15,000 
> and $20,000 for a lagoon that is two to three acres.




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