Impact of odor from industrial hog operations on daily living activities

New Solut. 2008;18(2):193-205. doi: 10.2190/NS.18.2.i.


Intensive industrial animal production systems worldwide require confinement of large numbers of animals in small spaces and concentration of enormous quantities of waste. Industrial hog operations, in particular, have raised public concerns about their adverse impact on public health and sustainable development. Using a community-based participatory research approach and qualitative interviews, we explored people's perception of the impact of odor from these industries on daily living activities as they relate to the beneficial use of property and enjoyment of life. Our research indicates that hog odor limits several leisure time activities and social interactions which could have adverse public health consequences. The results of this study can assist the communities and other stakeholders in public policy development that addresses these concerns.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Animal Husbandry / methods
  • Animal Husbandry / standards*
  • Animals
  • Community-Institutional Relations
  • Environmental Pollution / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • North Carolina
  • Odorants*
  • Quality of Life
  • Swine*