Industrialized agriculture facilities are frequently located in low-income communities of color who often have a difficult time fighting these destructive corporations. This political disenfranchisement is called environmental racism.
Animal waste is generally kept in manure lagoons or sprayed onto nearby fields causing nitrates, hydrogen sulfide, methane, and ammonia to leach into the surrounding land, air, and water. Community members report health complications such as headaches, respiratory issues, skin infections, birth defects, and premature death. The constant stench, contaminated wells, and rampant health concerns can lower surrounding property values. Families cannot afford to leave their homes in search of a healthier environment.
North Carolina is an example of how destructive animal agriculture is. Today, the number of pigs in Duplin County, North Carolina outnumbers humans by 33 to 1. René Miller, a resident of Duplin County, currently suffers from asthma, sinus issues, and sarcoidosis because of an industrialized hog farm that sprays hog waste 50 feet from her front steps.