Event Benefits Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation

Around 800 people were on hand at the New Bern Convention Center Tuesday night for the Taste of Coastal Carolina event to support the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation.

Twenty-Nine restaurants took part. The night had special competitions, including the famous culinary combat where a handful of chefs faced-off.

New York author David Kirby stopped by to sign his new book "Animal Factory. He includes several local riverkeepers in the book. And while some believe many factors cause pollution in our waters, Kirby feels that the animal agriculture is a big culprit. "Rivers and waterways are being polluted all over the country and not just surface water, but also groundwater where a lot of people get their drinking water from and one of the largest sources of pollution unfortunately, is animal agriculture and we really need to reign that in and protect our waterways."

This is the 7th year for the Taste of Coastal Carolina fundraising event.

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  • by Dean Location: Leggett on Mar 17, 2010 at 08:44 PM
    Native is exactly right,the design of an anarobic lagoon treats the waste.To Doug,there are many cities along the neuse and tar rivers ,for instance,that are permitted by the state to dump millions of gallons a day of untreated human waste in the rivers.To Tod,I have been raising hogs right behind my house for fifteen years and never have anyone visit me and complain about smell.In fact most usually comment on how they dont smell anything.I have 5 houses of 1,000 head each that are about a quater mile behind my house.And also I raise my hogs to slaughter and only the pigs get sick recieve antibiotics so I have to question where this "study" got thier imformation because I dont believe it.I farm,You eat.
  • by Tod Location: 7 springs on Mar 17, 2010 at 01:11 PM
    Been living same place here since 1972 on 13 acres. Since then 6 hog houses built half mile behind me, 16 more 1.6 miles, 4 more 1.2 miles west, 4 more 3 miles south. Any direction you want to go for a walk/ jog you inhale stench. Few will rent rental property for the smell. My friends from other places come and dont wanna go in the yard. Its nasty. Some farmers say it smells like money but they build away from their homes, its funny when another builder builds close tot he homes of the ones who built away so they get so smell someone elses hogs wonder if that smells like money?
  • by Native Location: New Bern on Mar 17, 2010 at 12:04 PM
    No, No, No, it is not untreated waste. It is treated by anarobic bacteria. (Prob didn't spell that right, but,,,), it is treated, naturally, without harmful chemicals, unlike the waste system that you flush into. When was the last time anyone heard about a hog waste spill??? When was the last time anyone heard about a municipal waste spill? Almost every week!! I work with these producers on a regular basis and they are NOT the problem that the environmental wacko community makes out like they are. We have had the Neuse River Foundation come in our office and complain about certain "lagoons" and come to find out they were not even looking at logoons but were looking at fresh water ponds! Consider the source of the information you hear in the news.
  • by Tod Location: 7 springs on Mar 17, 2010 at 11:41 AM
    a study said that NC hogs in one year get more antibiotics than all people anywhere ever have gotten producing resistance to antibiotics for all of us, and the waste is making it into the river. Please support the river keeper, the river keeper is like a sheriff alone in a big towm of bad guys
  • by Doug Location: ENC on Mar 17, 2010 at 09:52 AM
    Dean, the hog farms in this state produce 50,000 tons of hog waste per day, and that waste goes untreated. I agree that municipalities play a part in polluting the water, but the untreated waste is a very serious problem, and the open lagoons next to our rivers are gambling with catastrophe.
  • by Dean Location: Leggett on Mar 16, 2010 at 08:55 PM
    If the riverkeepers were really concerned with the waters then they would go after municipalities with much more vengence than the farmers.
  • by UNK Location: New Bern on Mar 16, 2010 at 06:48 PM
    Great event but may I suggest that they also work on removing destructive commercial fishing gear from our river and sound. The last time the wind blew the water out I could not count all the discarded crab pots. The nets and crab pots which are in good shape are destructive enough. Can you imagine how many millions of fish and crabs are killed each year by these improperly disposed of crab pots and nets? We need to get the destructive gear out of our rivers so generations following us will have the chance to experience how wonderful a river and sound we have.

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