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April 18th, 2006

Poor Kids' Schools Stink… from Factory Farms

What could be worse than going to a poorly funded school? Going to a poorly funded school that stinks. A report
from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that poor
and minority children in North Carolina were more likely to go to a
school that was close to a Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO),
also known as a factory farm. The air pollution from these huge
factory farms not only smells bad, but can also cause a wide range of
health problems, by polluting the air with bacteria, fungi, and
endotoxins. This pollution can cause headaches, respiratory problems,
and asthma as well as increasing levels of tension, depression and
anger in adults. The report concluded that CAFOs are disproportionately
located in low income and minority areas, so it is little surprise that
it found schools reporting noticeable livestock odor had more poor
students attending.

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