What: A panel discussion and legislative briefing featuring community members, experts, and advocates who will demonstrate the need for a factory farm moratorium and answer questions from state legislators.
- Ben Lilliston, Interim Co-Executive Director and Director of Rural Strategies and Climate Change, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
- Linda Luhring, impacted community leader from Lake City, Iowa which is surrounded by nearly 200 factory farms
- Janis Elliott, impacted community member from Carlisle, Iowa and Board Member of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
- Adam Mason, State Policy Director, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action (ICCI Action)
When: Tuesday, February 11th from 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Where: State Capitol Room 304, Des Moines, Iowa, 50319
Visuals: Each panel member will give a short presentation which will be followed by a question and answer period with legislators and media.
As thousands of factory farms continue to overwhelm communities, people across the state are joining together to protect our rural economies, environment, small family farms, and health. A factory farm moratorium bill HF 2127 was introduced by Rep. Steckman in the House and Sen. Celsi in the Senate. It calls for a statewide moratorium on new and expanding factory farms.
Research continues to show that factory farms are a public health hazard that have been linked to rising antibiotic resistance, respiratory illnesses, birth defects and cancer, among other illnesses. Recent polling from Johns Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future has shown that over 63% of Iowans support a factory farm moratorium; over 100 Iowans also gathered at the capitol at the end of January to lobby in opposition to factory farming.
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund is a 501c4 non-profit organization dedicated to building social, economic, and environmental justice through community organizing, education, and advocacy. www.cciaction.org
Food & Water Action Mobilizes people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water and climate problems of our time.
Emma Schmit, Iowa Organizer, Food and Water Action, (515) 325-0194, [email protected]
Ava Auen-Ryan, Farm & Environment Organizer, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, (515) 282-0484, [email protected]