In many counties throughout Iowa, and throughout many states, the proliferation of CAFOs and the lack of adequate governmental regulations is causing a serious environmental problem, injuring air quality, water quality, and the quality of life for those who live in the vicinity. If this is OK with you, do nothing. However, if you would like to help insure the quality of your environment and your ability to enjoy life in Iowa, there are some simple steps you can take that will help make a difference.
1. Educate Yourself
Read articles on this site and articles linked on the many pages of this site. The 30 minutes plus you spend reading will make you an informed citizen and voter. You will understand the issues, the threat to your quality of life, and what needs to happen to protect your quality of life. Sitting on the sidelines is not an option, unless you're comfortable living next to a CAFO and not caring how your community may be affected over time.
2. Contact Elected Officials
Although they are supposed to be representing the interests of their constituents, they are clearly influenced by agri-business campaign contributions and agribusiness-funded political action committees (PACs). If they don't hear from you, they assume you're happy with the job they are doing and the way they vote. If you DO make the effort to contact them, your voice is amplified many times, as so few people make the effort. This page has all of the contact information, the rest is up to you!
3. Talk to your Neighbors
Many people are either not informed or are ill-informed. Make the effort to visit with your neighbors; find out their position, and help them find the information they need to develop informed positions.
4. Report Suspicious Activity
Call Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement at 515-282-0484 immediately if you see what might be a CAFO being constructed or if you see what might be an illegal manure dumping.
5. Support JFAN
There are two primary ways you can support JFAN-- tax-deductible donations, and volunteer work. Donations are needed to assist with the high cost of litigation through financial assistance grants. Click here to donate.
There are also a wide variety of volunteer projects, from water quality monitoring, to office support, to working to change legislation. If you are interested in volunteering, we'll work with you to find volunteer work that matches your interests and skills. Just enter your contact information on the Volunteer Form LINK and someone will be in touch with you. Click here to volunteer.
6. Join Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI or ICCI)
ICCI is a 30 year-old organization that has been successfully fighting for environmental and community improvement issues in Iowa. They are quite active in the factory farm area, and are working diligently to change legislation to bring local control back to the county level. Individual membership is only $25 and family membership is $35. Click here to join. ICCI is working hard to improve the quality of life in Iowa, and they need your support.