More CAFOs Are Coming – What Everyone Can Do

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Joe Maxwell, Senior Political Director of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, addresses the role everyone can play in protecting our communities at the upcoming JFAN Annual Meeting More CAFOs Are Coming – What YOU Can Do. The meeting will be held October 7 at 7:15 pm at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N. Main Street, Fairfield, Iowa.

It doesn’t matter if you’re living in a rural or urban community, the Iowa pork industry is rapidly expanding, and many communities are threatened by infringing CAFOs. The push to fill Southeast Asia’s growing demand for pork is, in a large part, driving much of Iowa’s CAFO expansion. Exports currently account for 26% of Iowa’s current pork production. If the Trans Pacific Partnership is passed, the Iowa Pork Producers Council predicts Iowa pork exports will increase by 50% over the next 10 years.

That means we need to increase our efforts to protect our communities.

More CAFOs Are Coming – What YOU Can Do is an empowering, action-oriented event that addresses four community organizing/activist approaches to safeguarding our neighborhoods: deterrent actions, legal avenues, legislative changes, and consumer activism. Everyone who wants to stop unwanted CAFOs from invading Iowa has the ability and power to do something.

A seasoned anti-CAFO activist, livestock farmer, and former Missouri lawmaker, Joe Maxwell will speak on the necessity for all Iowans to stand up for their basic human rights to clean air, clean water, and safe food. He will discuss what it takes to galvanize people politically in order to protect against infringing CAFOs.

Most importantly, Maxwell will share what EVERYONE can do to fight back against these unwanted CAFOs. Whether you’re a rural resident facing a current threat, a rural resident wanting to defend your good quality of life, or a city resident concerned about CAFOs coming closer to your borders, there is something you can do. Everyone eats, and a special emphasis will be placed on the power of Consumer Activism.

JFAN Board member Jocelyn Engman, co-owner of Pickle Creek Herbal, will also address what it means to be a Good Neighbor, and JFAN president David Sykes will present a legal update. A panel discussion will be held at the conclusion of the meeting.

Maxwell, a long-time advocate for humane, independent, traditional farming practices, is Senior Political Director for the Humane Society Legislative Fund. He’s currently working to launch a state legislative campaign and to increase political influence for humane and independent livestock production at the state and federal levels.

Maxwell served as a state elected official for 14 years, including two terms in the recent Missouri House of Representatives and one in the Missouri Senate before being elected Lt. Governor in 2000. During his tenure, Maxwell supported family farm and traditional animal husbandry practices while working against large-scale, industrialized livestock facilities.

Maxwell played a major role in developing and implementing a strategy to fight the Missouri Right to Farm amendment in 2014. The campaign roused public opinion against the amendment with a dramatic come-from-behind surge that nearly defeated the measure – all on a fraction of the budget of the industrial Ag campaign. He also was instrumental in advocating for North Carolina’s 10-year hog confinement moratorium passed in 1997.

Maxwell grew up on a family farm, and along with his brother Steve, he raises humanely certified hogs under the Global Animals Partnership 5 Step Animal Welfare Rating Program.

The JFAN Annual Meeting is co-sponsored by the Southeast Iowa Food Hub, Leopold Group Sierra Club, solar-powered KRUU-FM, Sustainable Living Center, Radish Magazine, and Little Village Magazine.

Admission is free; a donation of $5 is welcome to support JFAN’s mission.

JFAN is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation working to protect the quality of life for Jefferson County residents since 2005. Our efforts successfully help to deter the proliferation of CAFOs in Jefferson County. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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