Pork Giant Smithfield Foods Ordered to Pay $25M in Nuisance Lawsuit

By | July 5, 2018

  • July 5, 2018 at 1:30 pm
    Hmmmmmmm says:
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    One of the frustrating parts of these law suits is that people build their homes near established hog farms – dairy farms – etc, then complain of the animal smells. Well, how about you don’t build you home near a hog farm?

    • July 5, 2018 at 2:31 pm
      John from NJ says:
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      Well the story starts by saying the hog farm “expanded near their home” – so you don’t know how far they were away or big the expansion was. I think this could be justified.

      • July 5, 2018 at 8:29 pm
        Wayne says:
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        John, you must be from North Jersey. I grew up in South Jersey and I know that you can smell a dairy farm for miles and a hog farm for many more.

        The folks who bought a home next to agriculturally zoned property should have expected the agricultural use to extend to the edge of that zone, even if it was not there at the time of their purchase.

        • July 9, 2018 at 4:36 pm
          Agent says:
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          They should expand around the Mosques and there would be no problem from the neighbors.

        • July 10, 2018 at 2:13 pm
          Jax Agent says:
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          There are lots of agricultural pursuits that don’t overwhelm the landscape like a hog farm does……..in fact, nothing comes to mind that is nearly as offensive to people and the environment.

          • July 11, 2018 at 4:34 pm
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            Try a large chicken operation sometime. It is every bit as bad as a hog operation.

  • July 6, 2018 at 9:45 am
    Kate says:
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    No one complains about the nice view over agricultural zones. That’s probably how the realtor’s billed the sale “Next to Agricultural land- breathtaking views!” *snicker*

  • July 9, 2018 at 11:06 pm
    Gork says:
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    If you can’t afford to do it right in North Carolina, perhaps your business model isn’t working?

  • July 10, 2018 at 2:16 pm
    Jax Agent says:
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    Mass hog ‘farming’ of industrial proportions is about as harmful to the local environment as an oil spill.
    Back when a hog ‘farmer’ had 75 or 100 head of hogs, it wasn’t a problem because they didn’t overwhelm nature’s ability to deal with the waste, but when you try to raise thousands of hogs in one place……disaster for everything near by.

  • July 11, 2018 at 4:26 pm
    FL Broker says:
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    I am very familiar with Smithfield and their hog farm expansion. My family lives in NC in the same community where they first attempted expansion. I don’t think many of you realize that “expansion” doesn’t necessarily mean that they expanded on property that they already owned. Smithfield expanded by purchasing additional property in an existing community where homes were ALREADY BUILT prior to Smithfield becoming their new neighbors. I think having hogs as new neighbors is enough to piss anyone off.

    The first community/town they selected to expand in was a very small rural town that had very little employment opportunities, so Smithfield tried to sell the community on “added jobs”. The community protested and old money and politics prevented Smithfield from moving in on top of some really beautiful homes.

    Bottom line for me is- Smithfield thinks that because they are a “giant” that they can do whatever they want to- where ever they want to. I’m glad they got their hand slapped. It stinks for the insurer, but this has been a long time coming.



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