11 Good Reasons To Say NO


1. The slaughterhouse, hatchery and spray fields will be located adjacent to creeks, wetlands or protected drinking water supply watershed. (The plant is located on Locks Creek which drains into the Cape Fear. At least 2 of the spray fields border directly on the Cape Fear River. These are fields that slope down to directly into the river and will receive many millions of gallons of nutrient rich treated waste water monthly. Even the fields not adjacent to the river all drain to streams and creeks that end up in the river.)


2. 500± massive-scale chicken grow houses will be located in the area to support the plant. Source: "In addition, the Kinston plant requires about 500 chicken houses in a four- or five-county area in which to supply the plant. . . Any new plant in Cumberland County, Billingsley said, would require a similar set up for spray fields and new chicken houses to be built in and around Cumberland County." Source: NPFDA News (National Poultry and Food Distributors Association) plus two other additional sources.


3. The chickens will create approximately 300 million pounds of litter each year that will be applied to area farmland. Source: average chicken produces 2lbs of litter over 47 day grow-out period - USPoultry.org (this is the industries own estimate and is VERY conservative, other estimates run 3-4 lbs per broiler. We are using the most conservative estimate in our litter figures.)


4. Chicken litter contains concentrate of nitrates, metals, phosphorous and ammonia. Source: Microbiological Safety of Chicken Litter or Chicken Litter-Based Organic Fertilizers: A Review – Clemson University Jan 2013


5. If you get you drinking water from a well that is near a chicken farm or heavily fertilized field your water could be unsafe. Contaminated by nitrites, well water can cause "blue baby syndrome" and in rare occasions can even result in death of infants. In addition people with severe heart or lung disease as be at risk of being hurt by nitrites. Pregnant women have who drink nitrate-contaminated well water may be more likely to have miscarriages. In animals nitrites can cause thyroid problems, miscarriages and other illnesses. Source: North Carolina Public Health Dept.


5. Chicken litter can contain a variety of human pathogens including such as Salmonella, Campylobacter jejuni, and Listeria monocytogenes, that can potentially contaminate fresh produce or the environment. . . . There are also growing concerns about the presence of antibiotic-resistant pathogens in animal manures from both on-farm exposure and off-farm contamination. Widespread dispersal of chicken litter or chicken litter-based organic fertilizers harboring antibiotic-resistant foodborne pathogens can be a serious environmental hazard. Source: Microbiological Safety of Chicken Litter or Chicken Litter-Based Organic Fertilizers: A Review – Clemson University Jan 2013


6. The chicken grow houses are not subject to a permitting process and are not routinely inspected.


7. A disturbing concern for citizens in Wilson, N.C.: The nitrogen level of raw sewage treated at its water treatment facility is historically 30 parts per million. Fully-treated waste water in Sanderson’s plants in Mississippi that is sprayed onto fields have nitrogen levels of 42-99 parts per million.


8) Property values within a 3 mile radius of the plant, hatchery or any concentrated chicken grower houses will decline. A University of Missouri study estimates housing near the concentrated chicken grow houses decreases in value as follows:


• 3 miles the decline is 6%;

• 2 1/2 miles the decline is 12%

• 2 miles the decline is 20%

• 1 1/2 miles the decline is 30%

• 1 mile the decline is 42%

• 1/2 mile the decline is 60%

• 1/10 of a mile the decline is 88%


9) How will a drought affect water use if a processing plant is using 1.4 million gallons per day?


10) Slaughterhouses have a typical employee turnover rate of between 40% and 100%. This often leads to labor shortages even in markets with high unemployment, which in turn leads to the company seeking workers from outside the local job market as well as utilizing immigrant workers. This problem is endemic in the poultry processingindustry.