It’s Time to Change “Business
as Usual” – Food & Water Watch’s Wenonah Hauter at JFAN Annual Meeting
Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 pm
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center
200 N. Main Street, Fairfield
Iowa’s laws regulating industrial livestock production are minimal
and heavily weighted in favor of factory farms. The cost to people and the
environment? Plenty. Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water
Watch will address the failure of our political and regulatory system to
protect communities and the environment and what’s necessary to remedy this
failure at upcoming Jefferson County Farmers & Neighbors, Inc. (JFAN)
It’s Time to Change ‘Business As Usual’ will be held on
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200
North Main Street, Fairfield, beginning at 7:30 pm.
Hauter will explain how a handful of powerful agribusiness
corporations have profoundly influenced the political system, lobbying for US
agricultural policies that overwhelmingly favor industrial livestock
production. This has become “business as usual.”
Hauter will address how Iowans can and must transform this situation from
the grassroots level to “business that benefits all” – policies that favor
healthy food production, small, independent farms, and regulations that
actually protect communities and the environment.
addition to Hauter, key members of the Charlie Speer and Richard Middleton law
firms will join Fairfield attorney David E. Sykes to provide an important legal
update on CAFO activities in Jefferson and surrounding counties.
Jefferson County is facing a serious threat from an influx
of new CAFOs. China’s demand for cheap pork combined with low corn and soy
prices is fueling significant expansion throughout the state. Southeast Iowa is
particularly targeted. The Speer/Middleton/Sykes legal team will address what
is being done to protect communities from additional CAFOs development.
An avid environmental advocate, Wenonah Hauter is the
Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, a national and influential environmental
group whose stances include opposition to factory farming in favor of
sustainable, small-scale agriculture. For over 25 years, Hauter has worked
extensively on food, water,
energy, and environmental issues at the national, state and local level. She is
a skilled and accomplished organizer, having lobbied and developed grassroots
field strategy and action plans.
author of Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming
called by Publishers Weekly, “a
meticulously researched tour de force…” in which she examines the corporate
consolidation and control over our food system and what it means for farmers
Charlie Speer and Richard Middleton law firms have been representing people
impacted by factory farms since 2000. Environmental attorneys Speer and
Middleton have a reputation for consistently achieving multi-million
dollar settlements and verdicts against CAFO owners and integrators, representing
clients on a contingency-fee basis.
Annual Meeting is co-sponsored by JFAN’s community partners, Sierra Club
Leopold Group, solar powered KRUU 100.1 FM, Little
Village Magazine, and Radish
Admission is free, however a donation of $5 is welcome to
support JFAN’s mission.
JFAN is a tax-exempt, nonprofit educational foundation that
works to protect the quality of life for Jefferson County residents. Since
2005, our efforts have successfully helped to deter the proliferation of CAFOs
in the county. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.