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Hollywood is once again barreling forward with a one-dimensional attack on an industry facing complex issues and misrepresenting its problems to demonize capitalism. A recent documentary, “The Smell of Money,” supported by several Hollywood stars, such as Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara, focuses on the legal battle between residents near Smithfield Farms and Smithfield Foods in North Carolina.
While it may be fair to criticize the Chinese-owned pork-producing multinational firm, the documentary’s inflammatory rhetoric around environmental racism could be very damaging to the vast majority of hog farmers who operate family-owned farms across America just trying to earn a living and provide a crucial service: feeding humans.
Let’s be clear: there are serious issues that hog farms need to address. I recently laid them out in great detail in a