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How Corporations Swallowed Family Farms In Iowa

This from The Guardian: How America’s food giants swallowed the family farms. Across the midwest, the rise of factory farming is destroying rural communities. And the massive corporations behind this devastation are now eyeing a post-Brexit UK market.  Semi-automated pig … Continue reading

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Constitutionality of Iowa’s “Ag-gag” Law Challenged

“’An especially grievous harm to our democracy occurs when the government uses the power of the criminal laws to target unpopular speech to protect those with power—which is exactly what this law is about. Ag gag clearly is a violation … Continue reading

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Is The American Farm Bureau Just Another Corporate Entity?

This 60 Minutes expose of the American Farm Bureau from April, 2000 raises the idea that the Farm Bureau may care more about its Wall Street investments than it does about farmers.  We wonder what if anything has changed since … Continue reading

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Iowa Based Food Democracy Now! Joins Lawsuit Against Monsanto

At Food Democracy Now! we believe that family farmers have a right to farm without threat and intimidation. We don’t think farmers should be sued because Monsanto’s patented genes from a neighbor’s field blow across their fence and contaminate their … Continue reading

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5,600 Head Factory Farm Permit Denied In Linn County

“We will not tolerate any more factory farms in our community,” said Regina Behmlander, a CCI member from Center Point who has helped galvanize community opposition to the proposal.  “We will continue to fight any attempt by any party to … Continue reading

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'Climate change' absent from public discussion of drought

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa— The eight hundred pound gorilla in the Mount Pleasant High School Gymnasium today was the subject of climate change. Governor Terry Branstad called for a public discussion on drought conditions in Iowa and all of the governmental … Continue reading

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Friday Food Talk: Poweshiek County Fights North Carolina Factory Hog Farm

Iowa Citiizens For Community Improvement  CCI.org Yesterday, 56 Poweshiek County Iowa CCI members packed their Board of Supervisor’s meeting to tell them to deny a proposed Prestage Farms hog factory expansion. The meeting was extremely powerful, with almost everyone in … Continue reading

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