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ERIC Number: EJ784312
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0036-0112
Environmental Inequity: An Analysis of Large-Scale Hog Operations in 17 States, 1982-1997
Stretesky, Paul B.; Johnston, Janis E.; Arney, Jeremy
Rural Sociology, v68 n2 p231-252 Jun 2003
This study extends ideas of environmental equity to large-scale hog operations. We investigate counties in 17 hog producing states to determine whether large-scale hog operations are more likely to be sited and expanded in areas that have a disproportionate number of Black, Hispanic, and/or economically disadvantaged residents. The data for this work come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Bureau of Census. We discover evidence of racial inequity, but only in those states where large-scale operations are being rapidly sited and expanded (i.e., Iowa, North Carolina, and Minnesota). There is no evidence of ethnic or economic inequality. We conclude that reductions in community quality of life attributable to large-scale hog operations are more likely to be found in counties that are disproportionately Black than White if located in states that are expanding the number of large-scale hog operations. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa; Minnesota; North Carolina