Largest slaughterhouses mostly in rural communities

Oct 30, 2013

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Two students in a “newcomer” class at Florence Wilson Elementary School in Garden City, a Somali girl (left), and a Hispanic boy.
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

The largest slaughterhouses in the US were once located in major metropolitan areas. But they have relocated. Now many remote rural communities are struggling to serve the needs of new immigrant and refugee populations who are the backbone of America's meatpacking plants.

This map made by Harvest Public Media editor Donna Vestal and Kate Golden of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism charts the largest meatpacking plants in the country. It is part of our special "In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse" series.

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