Reclaiming the Soul of
Why We Need a Factory
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 • 7:15 pm
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield, IA
CEO and General Manager, Des Moines Water Works
At what point do we have
enough CAFO hogs, enough factory farms, enough manure from confinements, enough
water pollution? For many Iowans, that point is right now.
Bill Stowe, CEO and General Manager of the Des Moines
Water Works, will speak on Iowa’s poor
water quality that is sparking a new statewide campaign at the JFAN Annual
Meeting, Reclaiming the Soul of Iowa: Why We Need a Factory Farm Moratorium,
on Wednesday, October 26 beginning at 7:15 pm
Iowa has over 9,000 factory
farms confining the vast majority of 20 million Iowa hogs and a record 754
water impairments, and those numbers keep growing. Stowe will focus on the
significant contribution industrial hog production makes to Iowa’s degraded
waters. He will also address why we need a factory farm moratorium. The Iowa
Alliance for Responsible Agriculture, a coalition of over 20 local, state, and
community organizations, recently launched a moratorium campaign; DMWW and JFAN
are members of IARA and support its call for a moratorium.
Bill Stowe has become a
leading public figure speaking out on the connection between industrial
agriculture and Iowa’s water pollution problem. He is responsible for providing
clean water to half a million people in metropolitan Des Moines. High nitrate
levels forced Stowe to run their denitrification facility for a record 177 days
in 2015 at a cost of $1.5 million. This led the DMWW to file a lawsuit against
three Iowa counties that they charge are responsible.
Dr. John Ikerd
will give a brief overview on how a moratorium can help Iowans reclaim the very
soul of Iowa by halting the harmful impacts factory farms can have on our air,
water, traditional farms, rural economics, and quality of life – validated by
50 years of respected peer-reviewed studies – and provide an opportunity to
reverse the damage inflicted upon our state.
Joyce Otto, President of Poweshiek CARES, will share how living near a confinement impacted
her professional and family life, providing first-hand testimony as to why a
moratorium is needed to protect the health and well-being of Iowans.
a community organizer with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, will
outline a variety of approaches Iowans can take around the state to actively
advocate for a moratorium.
Reclaiming the Soul of Iowa will begin at 7:15 with a short music performance by
Steve and Michaela McLain. Presentations will begin promptly at 7:30 pm.
Admission is free. A donation of $5 is welcome to support JFAN’s mission.
JFAN is a 501(c)(3) educational
foundation that has been working to protect Jefferson County’s quality of life
since 2005. More information is contained on our press release.
We thank our community partners for cosponsoring this event:
Leopold Group Sierra Club, Southeast Iowa Food Hub, solar powered
KRUU-100.1 FM, Sustainable
Living Coalition, Radish Magazine,
and Little Village Magazine SaveSave