An ad-hoc coalition of community organizations, including Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Occupy Ames, Occupy Des Moines, Food and Water Watch, and the ISU Sustainable Agriculture Student Association have organized a series of events October 13-20 as part of the “Occupy the World Food Prize” week of action.
The goals are simple:
- to educate the public about how and why the corporate control of our food supply is bad for the environment and the public health,
- to expose the corporate ag agenda behind the World Food Prize,
- and, at least for Iowa CCI members, to win some concrete victories like –
1) a total ban on the application of liquid manure on ground going into soybeans
2) progressive reforms to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR’s) factory farm enforcement program.
Each event, panel discussion, public hearing, direct action, and meeting with top decision-makers will appeal to different groups of people at different times for different reasons, but taken as a whole, the “Occupy World Food Prize” week of action will be much greater than the sum of its individual parts.
Iowa CCI members are focusing on two specific events during the larger week of action:
- The second is a meeting between Iowa CCI members, our allies at the Environmental Integrity Project and the Iowa chapter of the Sierra Club, and Karl Brooks, the Region 7 Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), on Thursday, October 18 to discuss a new DNR work plan to bring Iowa into compliance with the federal Clean Water Act.
Dates and times for all events are below:
Saturday, October 13
• Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Training, 8am-noon
Iowa CCI statewide headquarters, 2001 Forest Avenue, Des Moines
Sunday, October 14
• An afternoon with the Korean Women’s Peasant Association, 2-4pm
Winner of the 2012 Food Sovereignty Prize
Featuring Beomok Bok and Tristan Quinn-Thibodeau
Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A
Monday, October 15
• An afternoon with the Korean Women’s Peasant Association, 1-2pm
First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell, in Des Moines.
• An evening with the Korean Women’s Peasant Association, 6-7:30pm
Sun Room, Memorial Union Building, Iowa State University
Tuesday, October 16
• Ban the Spreading of Liquid Manure on Soybeans, 9am-1pm
Environmental Protection Commission Meeting, 7900 Hickman Road, Windsor Heights
Meet at Iowa CCI statewide headquarters at 9am, 2001 Forest Avenue, Des Moines
Contact us if you can attend. TAKE ACTION: Tell the EPC to enact the full ban here.
• Panel Discussion:”What is corporate agriculture and why is it wrong for the planet and the human race?”
6-8pm, Des Moines Public Library, 1000 Grand Ave.
Panel Participants: Denise O’Brien—National Family Farm Coalition; Francis Thicke—author, “A New Vision for Iowa Food and Agriculture”; CCI member George Naylor—Iowa Farm Unity Coalition, CCI member; Barbara Kalbach—4th generation family farmer, CCI member.
Wednesday, October 17
• Direct Action Civil Disobedience- World Food Prize building, 100 Locust Street
Rockefeller Foundation endowed award, 4pm
Thursday, October 18
• Iowa CCI meeting with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks
7-9pm, State Historical Building, 600 East Locust Street
Contact us if you can attend. TAKE ACTION: Tell the EPA to push the DNR to crack down on factory farms here.
• Direct Action Civil Disobedience before the World Food Prize Award Ceremony
Iowa State Capitol, 6pm
Friday, October 19
• “The Food Sovereignty Prize – What is it? Why we need to promote it.”,
7pm, 1st Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave, Des Moines
Saturday, October 20
• Occupy the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute held at DuPont/Pioneer
Headquarters, 8am-3:30pm, 7000 NW 62nd Avenue. Johnston, Iowa
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