Texas' Poultry Industry Raises Pollution Concerns
POSTED: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 9:26pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 9:29pm
by Dave Fehling
It has been dubbed “Big Chicken”: the revolution in how poultry is raised and processed. Chicken that once came from small, family farm operations is now produced by networks of huge chicken-growing complexes and sprawling processing plants.
Texas is a major player, ranking sixth in the nation for poultry production. But with the growth has come concern over how concentrating the operations could increase pollution: the run-off from tons of manure and the millions of gallons of wastewater released by processing plants into streams and creeks...