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More on hog confinements, health effects

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 12:02 p.m. CST

From Marti Carlson

Oakland, Calif., formerly of Creston

In my previous letter to the editor, I argued against large hog confinements. My argument did not provide the substantive research that I have recently come across. Consequently, I would like to share the links to Steve Wing's research on the detrimental health effects of factory farms and large animal confinements, specifically hogs.

Steve Wing received his Ph.D. in epidemiology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is currently an associate professor. Recent work has focused on environmental injustice and health effects of ionizing radiation, industrial animal production, sewage sludge and landfills. He has collaborated on health and exposure studies with communities and workers impacted by threats to environmental and occupational health.

For more information about impacts of the North Carolina hog industry see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReMXawj4oK8; Community Health Impacts of Factory Farms: Steve Wing at TEDxManhattan

For more information about community health impacts of hog production see: http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1205109/; Air Pollution from Industrial Swine Operations and Blood Pressure of Neighboring Residents

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1240831/; Social responsibility and research ethics in community-driven studies of industrialized hog production

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1637958/; Environmental injustice in North Carolina's hog industry (there are many parallels in this article that overlap any farming community)

These articles are from Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP). EHP is a monthly journal of peer-reviewed research and news published with support from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Thank you for taking an interest in your community's health, which includes my family's and friend's well-being.

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