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IARA Calls for a Statewide Factory Farm Moratorium

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At any given time, the state of Iowa has over 20 million pigs (1), more than 40 million egg-laying hens (2) and 1.9 million broker chickens (3) that are predominately confined on over 9000 factory farms. (4)

Factory farms can have a myriad of impacts on air, water, and public health documented in over 50 years of respected, peer-reviewed studies. The state is incapable of adequately regulating the factory farms we currently have. We don’t need more!

It’s time to reclaim the rich agricultural heritage of our state, and recognize that factory farms are industrial facilities, not agricultural ones. Therefore,

The Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture calls for a statewide moratorium on new or expanding factory farms until Iowa has less than 100 polluted waterways

Why Iowa Needs a Factory Farm Moratorium NOW

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Impacts of Factory Farms

  • Water Quality

    Factory farms pose an ongoing threat to Iowa’s waterways. Raw, untreated hog sewage can contaminate waterways through field runoff, spills, and cracks in confinement pits.

  • Antibotic Resistance

    Many governmental and health organizations point to the overuse of antibiotics in industrial livestock production as a significant factor in the antibiotic resistance crisis we face.

  • Animal Welfare

    Factory farms are unnatural environments for livestock. The close, cramped quarters prevent animals from exhibiting natural behaviors and instead create high levels of stress and suffering.

  • Factory Farm Tax Exemptions

    Iowa state law provides factory farmers with a property tax exemption for their confinement pit, calling it a “pollution control device.”

  • Traditional Farms vs. Factory Farms

    There are many differences between traditional, independent family farms that raise livestock outdoors and factory farms that confine animals their entire lives.

  • Quality of Life

    Neighbors living near factory farms often experience noxious odors, swarms of flies, and dust that drive them indoors and make it difficult to enjoy their homes and property.

  • Health

    The toxins produced from putrefying manure in factory farms causes a multitude of health problems, ranging from respiratory to central nervous system ailments.

  • Air Pollution

    Over 150 gases are produced at factory farms from decaying manure that is stored 6 month to a year at a time. Noxious odors can greatly affect the quality of life and health and neighbors.

  • Rural Economies

    Factory farms have displaced independent, traditional farmers, weaken rural economies, and placed a huge burden on county budgets to fix roads damaged by heavy truck traffic.

  • Food Safety

    Studies consistently show that significant percentages of livestock and poultry products in retail food markets are contaminated with a variety of infectious bacteria.

  • Externalized Costs

    Studies consistently show that significant percentages of livestock and poultry products in retail food markets are contaminated with a variety of infectious bacteria.

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