Superfarms and the Coastal Environment: An In-Depth Look at a Large-scale Problem Public Deposited

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  • Pugh, Mary Joan Manley
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of City and Regional Planning
  • Ever since white men have inhabited the area, the vast swampy reaches of North Carolina's Albemarle- Pamlico Peninsula have been considered a wasteland, useful only for logging and an occasional small farming venture. Over the last few years, however, great changes have been in the making for this long disregarded region. Spurred by increasing grain prices and postwar advances in farm technology, a number of large corporations have bought up vast amounts of acreage in the coastal area with the idea of conducting large-scale agricultural operations. Whether "superfarms" on the coast are a blessing or a curse has yet to be determined. Historically, the region has been economically depressed. Attempts at small scale farming have consistently failed. Thus, large scale farm ventures are looked upon as the solution to economic woes. Further, agricultural experts view the farms as posing no serious threat to the environment but, instead, as affording a great opportunity for converting a wasteland into profitable farmland. Environmentalists, however, are worried about the possible adverse impacts on the immediate wetland area and, more importantly, on the surrounding estuaries and marshlands which provide spawning and nursery areas for shellfish and commercial fisheries.
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  • Carolina Planning Journal
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  • 2
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  • 2
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  • 34
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