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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Larry and Betty Kelley, December 9, 1999. Interview K-0511. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

The transition to the factory farming hog raising system

Larry Kelley discusses hog pollution, which he says has worsened as the hog industry has moved to a factory farm system. Hog farmers are feeling the same pinch that Larry's father did when he tried to beat back poverty by making and selling boxes for strawberries and corn. In response, large buyers produced their own boxes and guaranteed to buy produce from farmers who used them. In the same way, large companies are taking greater control of the hog farming industry, which has been split into a three-part and three-location process with a focus on fattening the animals quickly and efficiently.

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Oral History Interview with Larry and Betty Kelley, December 9, 1999. Interview K-0511. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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