Local Activists Fight CAFOs In Johnson County


The unhappy neighbors of two local factory farms have teamed up with the 100 Grannies for a Livable Future to protest [CAFO] operations around Johnson County.

Over the years, he and his discontented neighbors on Oak Crest Hill Road have protested such operations, writing letters to the operator, making phone calls to the county, and even threatening legal action, to no avail. This past summer, they took their activism to the next level, adopting the name Iowans for Clean Air and Water and teaming up with the local organization 100 Grannies for a Livable Future.

Stopping the proliferation of those operations in Johnson County is a major goal of the Grannies, approximately 100 senior women passionate about social and environmental issues. They are primarily concerned about greenhouse-gas emissions from such facilities, as well as potential threats to air and water quality and what they consider to be inhumane conditions. 

“It’s killing our rural communities and creating enmity among neighbors,” said Miriam Kashia, a facilitator of the Grannies’ Community Activism Committee. “There’s not a lot good you can say about them except cheap meat.”

The national Socially Responsible Agricultural Project supports both groups. Consultant Diane Rosenberg advises the local Clean Air/Water group and the Grannies on organizational matters, including a recent meeting with Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton and a presentation to City Council they will make Dec. 18. Through such efforts, they aim to sway public opinion against factory farms.

Read more at the Daily Iowan


To help with the fight join 100 Grannies on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/groups/100grannies.org/

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1 Response to Local Activists Fight CAFOs In Johnson County

  1. Anne Duncan says:

    Unless control of at least one branch of Iowa government can be wrestled away from Republicans, the hoglot situation will remain hopeless. As matters stand, citizens go to local meetings and hearings and demand action from local officials who don’t have the power to do much at all. Meanwhile, the state officials and legislators who support Big Pig and do have the power to change the system just ignore the local meetings. And there isn’t much incentive for urban Iowans to get angry and demand action because they aren’t the ones most affected.

    I was told by a smart lobbyist long ago that what really needs to happen in Iowa is for one significant official/legislator to lose an election specifically because of his/her opposition to environmental protection. That’s what makes a political difference and scares other officials. As long as most Iowa voters put the environment at the bottom of their voting priority lists, we’ll stay stuck where we are.


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