Video Campaign Shows How the Massive Meat Industry Is Hurting Black Communities in North Carolina

By Yessenia Funes Nov 15, 2016

The Waterkeeper Alliance has focused its latest campaign on the meat industry in North Carolina, the second largest producer of hogs in the country, and how it affects Black communities nearby.

The industry is responsible for polluting the area’s air and water, environmentalists have said in the past, by spraying animal waste in nearby fields before dumping it all into man-made lagoons, according to the EPA. Exposure to the waste can cause eye irritation and breathing problems. "The state of North Carolina is not doing its due diligence to protect the communities that they’re supposed to be serving," said Larry Baldwin, executive director of the Crystal Coast Waterkeeper chapter, in a video.

The first video went up on Facebook yesterday (November 14), but they can all be found on YouTube. The videos, which are no more than four minutes apiece, feature homeowners, scientists and local organizers. Subjects range from alleged bullying of homeowners by the industry to the loss of property value.

In the past, activists in North Carolina have handed petitions to EPA offices to encourage the state to investigate the industry. Their latest concern was the flooding of these ponds during Hurricane Matthew.

Watch the first video above and tell us what you think in the comments.