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