Monday, June 20, 2016

"Smell Is a Hard Thing to Quantify": One Alabama Town’s Battle Against an Open Pit of Rotting Chicken Guts In my decade covering industrial agriculture, I've never heard of anything like this.

Marshall County, Alabama lies in the heart of the southeastern chicken belt—a region dotted with factory-scale farms under contract with the handful of enormous companies that dominate the US chicken industry. Data from Food and Water Watch show that Marshall and the counties bordering it churn out around 30 million chickens annually. According to an eye-popping article in the Birmingham-based weekly Weld, Marshall County also has something I've never heard of in my decade covering industrial agriculture: an open pond where massive processing facilities dump slaughter waste—think blood and guts—that is later sprayed onto land as fertilizer.

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