The 900 million chickens and turkeys in North Carolina’s rapidly expanding poultry industry outnumber the state’s people, at any given time, by roughly 50 to 1.
But North Carolina’s environmental and health regulators don’t know where jam-packed poultry operations are. They don’t know how many are in our flood plain — even though the state spent at least $11 million composting dead birds after Hurricane Florence.
We’re asking North Carolina state representatives to support legislation requiring North Carolina’s agriculture department to share its information about the location of poultry producers with our environmental and health agencies.
Our government can’t protect us from what it can’t see. North Carolina should require more transparency from this industry. We can do better.