Exploding Pig Barns

February 9, 2012

Tom Laskawy, writing in Grist:

Large midwestern hog farms have for the last few years been battling a mysterious foam that is forming on top of their barns. In the worst case scenarios, the foam blocks ventilation ducts and the barns explode — yes, explode — killing the thousands of hogs inside.

Half a dozen pig barns have exploded since 2009.

So it’s come to this: factory farmers, well-established in the habit of calling animal advocates terrorists, have adopted farming practices that cause their own barns to blow up. Link.

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