Measuring Noxious Gases from Hog Barns and Lagoons
One of the most common complaints from residents living near industrial-style hog barns that are using the liquid manure systems, is the sickening odour sometimes emanating from both the barn and the lagoon.
Toxic gases including methane, hydrogen sulphide and ammonia are the cause of the odour. In certain concentrations these gases pose health threats to humans and animals.
Hog Watch Manitoba has purchased two hand-held measuring devices described below:
The Acrulog measures Hydrogen Sulfide in PPB, parts per billion.
The GX 6000 measures Ammonia, Hydrogen Sulfide and Methane in PPM, parts per million and volatile organic gases in PPB (acetaldehyde).
If you are interested in measuring gases from barns or lagoons near you, please contact HWM at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will have a representative contact you.
The human health crisis of antibiotic resistance.
What’s the hog industry’s role?
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Dr. Jan Hajek is an infectious diseases specialist at Vancouver General Hospital and a clinical assistant professor at University of British Columbia. In 2014 he worked with WHO in West Africa to respond to the Ebola outbreak and this year has been working on the COVID ward at VGH. He will speak about the serious health implications of antibiotic resistance. Approximately 700,000 people die worldwide from infections that cannot be treated by antibiotics. By 2050, this is expected to rise to 10,000,000 people each year.
Lynn Kavanagh, World Animal Protection, Farming Campaign Manager will talk about the contribution of industrial animal agriculture to the antibiotic resistance problem, why and how antibiotics are used in farming and what can be done to change this.
Impacts of noxious odours and water contamination. What can be done?
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Janine Gibson, Organic Inspector, will provide insights into her own experience living close to factory hog barns.
Brent Bjorklund will describe how his dream retirement home in rural Manitoba turned into a nightmare.
Bill Massey, retired school principal and family farmer, will talk about his struggle against an illegal hog barn expansion in our community and his recently written book, Of Pork and Potatoes.
Hear from Andreas Zinn of Zinn Family Farm, who raises pigs, chickens and rabbits in a more humane, sustainable manner – and works to provide healthy products and improve the environment by following regenerative agriculture principles.
The industrial hog industry and the health of our lakes.
What’s the connection?
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Vicki Burns, Save Lake Winnipeg Project, talks about the history of hog industry expansion in Manitoba and the concurrent explosion of blue-green algae in Lake Winnipeg and other prairie lakes
Gordon Campbell, a cottage owner on Lake Winnipeg, talks about changes in water quality he has witnessed in over his 63 years on the lake.
Elder Faylene M Sutherland, Keewatio Benisi / North Thunderbird, Star Woman, Old Woman Mallard Duck, White Buffalo Spirit Woman, Turtle Can, Woman Warrior. I carry the responsibility of taking care of our Mother the Earth. I am a water protector. This a very important role and responsibility for all mankind.
Links to supporting material and further research.
Timis_Hog_Farms.pdf (carexcanada.ca) HOG FARM EMISSIONS: a review of evidence for cancer risk to humans