Agribusiness pollutes our air and water

We should grow our food in ways that don’t damage our environment, but preserve and protect it instead. Unfortunately, agriculture today is dominated by factory farms that contribute to air pollution by transporting food long distances and endanger our rivers and lakes.

Local food can protect our environment

Fresh, local food shouldn’t be hard to find—and we can do much more to expand opportunities for sustainable farmers, who don’t pollute
our air and water. North Carolina boasts more farmers’ markets and organic farms than any state in the Southeast. Yet most of the food sold in supermarkets and restaurants still comes from out-of-state factory farms. By bolstering infrastructure that allows local farmers to compete, we can bring more fresh, local, healthy food to restaurants, schools and families. 

Sustainable farmers need our support

Agribusinesses like Monsanto and Cargill have tons of money and influence in Washington, D.C.—and they’ve rigged the game in their favor. Small farmers aren’t able to produce massive quantities of crops that serve institutions like schools, restaurants and grocery stores. But if they’re able to coordinate, local farms could meet the demand sustainably.

Together, we can win for local food

Right now, as Congress debates the Farm Bill, we have a critical opportunity to change the way North Carolina grows, delivers and consumes food. But we’ll need massive public support to level the playing field for small, sustainable and local farms. Our staff is knocking on doors across the state, gathering support for local food. But the real key to winning this fight is you. And, by taking timely grassroots action online, you can help win much-needed programs to help local, sustainable farmers.

Campaign Updates

News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

102 groups urge EPA to rein in meat and poultry processing plant pollution

Environment America Research & Policy Center is submitting comments on behalf of 102 organizations today, urging the Environmental Protection Agency to dramatically reduce the massive levels of pollution dumped by agribusiness facilities into America’s waterways. The comments are in response to the agency’s decision not to update permit standards for meat and poultry plants -- despite the Clean Water Act’s requirement to do so.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Smithfield among top water polluters in state, country

Raleigh, NC – Smithfield Foods, which claims to be the world’s largest pork producer, dumps more toxic pollution into state waters than any other agribusiness, and produces the third most animal manure of major companies surveyed nationwide, a new report said today.

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Report | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Corporate Agribusiness and the Fouling of America’s Waterways

Pollution from agribusiness is responsible for some of America’s most intractable water quality problems – including the “dead zones” in the Chesapeake Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Erie, and the pollution of countless streams and lakes with nutrients, bacteria, sediment and pesticides. 

Today’s agribusiness practices – from the  concentration of thousands of animals and their waste in small feedlots to the massive planting of chemical-intensive crops such as corn – make water pollution from agribusiness both much more likely and much more dangerous.

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Report | Environment America

America’s Next Top Polluter

Tyson Foods, Inc. is “one of the world’s largest producers of meat and poultry.” The company’s pollution footprint includes manure from its contract growers’ factory farm operations, fertilizer runoff from grain grown to feed the livestock it brings to market as meat, and waste from its processing plants.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

General Assembly Fails on Environment

Raleigh, NC—102 legislators earned a failing grade on Environment North Carolina’s annual legislative scorecard—a testament to the damage the General Assembly inflicted on the state’s air, water, and open spaces in their summer 2012 session. 

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