10, 1999 2:30 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Megan Fowler, (202) 675-7911 Ed Hopkins, (202) 675-7908
Organize Against Factory Farm Pollution
- June 10 -
Wendell Berry, Writer, Poet Laureate
Rick Dove, Neuse Riverkeeper
Dr. John Ikerd, Agricultural Economist, University of Missouri, Columbia
Kendall Thu, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Iowa
100 Sierra Club activists and experts on factory farm pollution from 28 states
including Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina,
To speak with CAFO activists from your state, please call Megan Fowler at 202-675-7911.
Big River/Clean Water Week Conference Educational and Training Seminars
June 10 - 15, 1999
Days Inn, 1201 K St. Washington, DC
Activists and experts from the Sierra Club and other groups are mobilizing in
Washington, DC for five days to learn how to protect their environment and public
health from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). Creating one of the
nation's most dangerous water pollution problems, these factory farms are no longer
simply a regional or localized problem. According to the Environmental Protection
Agency, hog, chicken and cattle waste has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22
states and contaminated groundwater in 17 states.
Polluted rivers, contaminated tap water, increased health problems, and the loss
of the family farm too often occur in communities across the United States. Nearly
100 experts and activists are bringing this issue to a national level to learn
how to protect their own communities and to stop the problem from spreading further.
The Sierra Club's campaign to protect America's water from Concentrated Animal
Feeding Operations (CAFOs) -- one of the organization's four national priority
campaigns -- is committed to keeping factory farm pollution out of America's drinking
water, lakes and rivers, and eliminating the threats that CAFOs pose to our public
health and rural heritage. In order to achieve this goal, the Sierra Club is calling
for a moratorium on new large CAFOs until clean-water protections are strengthened,
and the massive pollution from current facilities is eliminated.
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