17 July 2008
People living as far as two miles away from factory farms where hogs are raised experience symptoms such as bronchitis and shortness of breath at rates similar to those of farm workers.
An Iowa study evaluated the health of 18 neighbors living within a two-mile radius of a 4,000-head hog confinement facility. Their physical and mental health was compared to a random sample of comparable rural residents who did not live near livestock facilities. Neighbors reported respiratory problems similar to those of workers on factory farms. Some of the most common symptoms reported were bronchitis and hyperactive airways, including coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness. Other common symptoms among this group of residents were nausea, weakness, dizziness, and fainting.
1. Kendall Thu, et. al, "A Control Study of the Physical and Mental Health of Residents Living Near a Large-Scale Swine Operation," Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, 3(l):13-26 (1997), p. 1-11.
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