CCI members point to the growing in-state and national momentum ahead of the 2020 legislative session
For Immediate release: 12/17/19
Des Moines, IA – Yesterday Senator Booker (D-NJ) introduced a national factory farm moratorium. The Farm System Reform Act of 2019 would put a halt on all new or expanding factory farms amongst other policies to create a level playing field for independent family farmers.
of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) say that this is the solution
needed in Iowa to restore vibrant rural communities and clean up the state’s
factory farm industry extracts profits from our rural communities and leaves us
to deal with the pollution,” said Barb Kalbach a CCI member and 4th
generation family farmer from Adair county. “We have over
10,000 factory farms in Iowa, a moratorium is the only solution that matches
the scale of the crisis.”
CCI points to the growing grassroots support for a moratorium across the state.
With over 6,000 Iowans signing a petition calling for a moratorium, and 26 counties
passing a resolution calling for a moratorium and/or stronger regulations on
across the state, rural and urban alike, understand that the factory farm
industry isn’t working for us,” said Brenda Brink a CCI member from rural Story
county. “It is time for our state legislators to respond to our
needs, not corporate ag interests. That means passing a moratorium at the state
Iowa is the leading hog producer in the nation with over 26 million hogs in confinement at any given time, meaning 1 in every 3 hogs produced in the United States. These factory farms generate over 22 billion gallons of toxic liquid manure that is dumped untreated onto farm fields across the state. Between human and animal waste Iowa creates the equivalent of 168 million people, in a state with only 3.2 million people.
response to the inaction of the Governor and legislature, Iowa CCI, along with
Food & Water Watch and Public Justice have filed a lawsuit against the
state of Iowa. This lawsuit addresses their failure to address the impact of
corporate ag and the factory farm industry on Iowa’s water crisis. Iowa’s 767
impaired waterways prevent Iowans from fishing, swimming in and kayaking on
state rivers and also results in higher drinking water costs.
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is a
statewide, grassroots people’s action group that uses community organizing to
win public policy that puts communities before corporations and people before
profits, politics and polluters. CCI has been fighting to put people first for
over 40 years. Follow us on Twitter at @iowacci.