IARA advocates for responsible and respectful land stewardship and livestock production. It’s time for a statewide factory farm moratorium NOW!

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RIGHT TO HARM screenings are now being scheduled in Iowa. Find out where you can view the film – or schedule one for your community.  Right to Harm is a national exposé on the public health, environmental, and lifestyle impacts of factory farms. Award-winning filmmakers Matt Wechsler and Annie Speicher (SUSTAINABLE) document the ongoing battle with factory farms […]

New Film Documents Iowa’s Battle with Factory Farms and Toothless Legislation Wednesday, May 29 at 7:00 pm; Doors open at 6:30 pm Iowa State Historical Building Theatre 600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines $5 admission benefits Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture TICKETS ON SALE HERE and at the door Watch the trailer here.        […]

Last week 100 Iowans from across the state gathered at the Iowa State House to lobby in support of HF 203, a factory farm moratorium.  IARA supporters along with Iowa CCI and Food & Water Watch members met with nearly 30 state legislators then concluded the day with a rousing press conference and rally. Many thanks […]

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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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