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Corporations are purchasing large tracts of land on the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula for the purpose of building superfarms in counties including Dare, Tyrrell, Washington, Hyde, and Beaufort. Taylor examines how these farms are changing the landscape of eastern North Carolina and how it might affect the state's wildlife and marine ecology.
Corporations are purchasing large tracts of land on the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula for the purpose of building superfarms. First Colony Farms, Inc., established by Malcolm McLean, is the largest, with 370,000 acres. Pugh assesses the major effects that construction of such farms would have on the sensitive coastal environment.
In refuting the belief a friend from Ohio had about this state containing plantation houses, Phelps revealed what NC has that harkens back to the agrarian life gone by: superfarms. This led to a discussion of the debated positive and negative impacts of superfarms for the state and nation.
First Colony Farms, owned by Malcolm McLean, at approximately 355,000 acres is the nation's largest, privately-owned single unit farm. The farm spans over parts of Washington, Tyrrell, Hyde, and Dare Counties.