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China’s multi-story hog hotels elevate industrial farms to new levels

Guangxi Yangxiang’s high-rise pig farm buildings are seen at Yaji Mountain Forest Park in Guangxi province, China March 19, 2018. Picture taken March 19, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Suen

On Yaji Mountain in southern China, they are checking in the sows a thousand head per floor in high-rise “hog hotels”.

By Dominique Patton
May 10, 2018


“There are big advantages to a high-rise building,” said Xu Jiajing, manager of Yangxiang’s mountain-top farm.

“It saves energy and resources. The land area is not that much but you can raise a lot of pigs.”

Companies like Yangxiang are pumping more money into the buildings – about 30 percent more than on single-story modern farms – even as hog prices in China hold at an eight-year low.

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May 15, 2018   No Comments

Photo Exhibit by Preston Gannaway: The Farms of West Oakland

Photos: Preston Gannaway

Travelers heading out of San Francisco International Airport can take a last look at West Oakland starting this month with a photo exhibition that celebrates the neighborhood’s history and abundance of urban farms.

By Scott Morris
May 9, 2018


Gannaway said she spent the most time at the WOW Farm, which is operated by the nonprofit Game Theory Academy. The organization provides job training for youth, including paid internships for high school students at WOW.

“That was just really fun hanging out with the high school students and watching them learn,” Gannaway said.

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