Scientists say they are baffled by expanding foam growing on manure pits in exploding hog farms. Since 2009 six farms have blown-up killing thousands of hogs and spraying stink skyward. The fermenting foam fomenting furiously now spreading across the Midwest.
'...we don’t have any idea where it came from or how it got started,' ag engineer Charles Clanton of the University of Minnesota. Scientist suspect a new and sinister symbiont microbial malignancy may be mitigating.
Angela Kent, a microbial ecologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says, 'I think it's a shift in the environment that’s favoring a particular microbial assemblage that’s inadvertently causing this.'
Well, Angela's guess is as good as any, and so the microbial manhunt begins. Meantime, is there any way to make bacon from any of this, seems like a waste to just let them cook in the sun on the roof of the farm house.