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Pennsylvania becomes hog haven

(Wednesday, March 12, 2003 -- CropChoice news)-- From a news release.

Corporate-owned factory hog farms with 5,000 to 8,000 pigs are moving aggressively into Pennsylvania , according to organizers of the nation's third annual Hog Summit, scheduled for June 7 in Gettysburg .

The gathering will highlight the issues of hog waste that can pollute surface and ground water and contaminate fields, the detrimental impacts of the large farming operations on family farms and farming communities and legislative efforts to control the industry.

Jan Jarrett, director of outreach for Citizens for Pennsylvania 's Future, or PennFuture, one of the summit's sponsors, said Pennsylvania has allowed construction of hog waste lagoons that can hold 10 million gallons. The state permits the waste, which contains antibiotics and disease-causing bacteria, to be spread over fields or discharged into creeks without any treatment.


Jeanne Clark
Director of Communications
Citizens for Pennsylvania 's Future (PennFuture)
412-258-6683 (direct dial)
412-736-6092 (cell)