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 in Iowa as well as in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Arizona, and Delmarva.       

Find out where Right to Harm is screening in Iowa. Here’s the schedule.

Schedule a screening for your community here.

Each of Iowa’s 13,000 factory farms are built in communities of neighbors who have few protections and little ability to have a meaningful say a confinement’s location. Right to Harm addresses the devastating ramifications that many families in Iowa and across the US experience from these inadequately regulated livestock factories.

Wechsler and Speicher address the “human welfare” impacts of factory farms, revealing the social injustice of this industrial system that is largely unknown to a broad swath of US consumers.

The film also exposes the failures of state agencies to adequately regulate industrial agriculture and chronicles actions taken by disenfranchised citizens demanding justice from their legislators.

Iowa’s Fight Featured in Right to Harm: The Iowa segment examines the plight of an Iowa County resident who was confronted with two 1200-head CAFOs built across from his family’s 145-year old farm shortly after he retired there. It also features the efforts of many Iowans coming together to protect their communities.

Watch the Trailer:

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.       

Panel Discussion after the film with Drs. John Ikerd and Francis Thicke, and neighbors of CAFOs Joyce Otto and Nancy Adam

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 in Iowa as well as in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Arizona, and Delmarva.       

Each of Iowa’s 13,000 factory farms are built in communities of neighbors who have few protections and little ability to have a meaningful say a confinement’s location. Right to Harm addresses the devastating ramifications that many families in Iowa and across the US experience from these inadequately regulated livestock factories.
 
Wechsler and Speicher address the “human welfare” impacts of factory farms, revealing the social injustice of this industrial system that is largely unknown to a broad swath of US consumers.
 
The film also exposes the failures of state agencies to adequately regulate industrial agriculture and chronicles actions taken by disenfranchised citizens demanding justice from their legislators.
 
Iowa’s Fight Featured in Right to Harm: The Iowa segment examines the plight of an Iowa County resident who was confronted with two 1200-head CAFOs built across from his family’s 145-year old farm shortly after he retired there. It also features the efforts of many Iowans coming together to protect their communities. 

Wechsler will moderate a panel discussion after the film with the following guest speakers:

  • Dr. John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri at Columbia. Dr. Ikerd is a sought-after expert on industrial agriculture. Originally an ardent supporter of industrial agriculture, Dr. Ikerd later became an ardent critic once he saw how factory farms were damaging the health, environment, and economic vitality of rural communities. Dr. Ikerd is featured throughout Right to Harm.
  • Dr. Francis Thicke, co-owner of Radiance Dairy, an organic and regenerative Fairfield, Iowa farm. Thicke formerly served on the National Organic Standards Board and is currently a board member of Jefferson County Farmers & Neighbors, Inc.
  • Joyce Otto, President of Poweshiek CARES and a Poweshiek County resident who had to close her in-home nursing care business after a 5000-head CAFO was built nearby.
  • Nancy Adams, a Marshall County resident who was forced to change the course of her life after a 2499-head CAFO was built near her home. 

The screening is sponsored by Hourglass Films, Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture, Iowa Farmers Union, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Women International League for Peace and Freedom, and Iowa Sierra Club.
 
Purchase tickets ahead of time.
 
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through the Iowa Farmers Union website. The screening is also a fundraiser for the Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture (IARA), a coalition of 33 community, state, and national organizations. Additional donations are warmly welcome and support IARA’s efforts in advocating for a factory farm moratorium in Iowa. 
 
Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Free parking is available at the Capitol Complex Parking garage on E. Grand Avenue, right across the street from the Iowa State Historical Building.
 
Buy your tickets here.

Watch the trailer here.

Right to Harm Poster

Listen KHOI-FM’s May 16 interview on Local Talk with Dr. John Ikerd Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri/Columbia on the issues addressed in Right to Harm. Dr. Ikerd is featured throughout the film.

 

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 to everyone who were able to get through the snow-covered roads to make it to Des Moines. It was a great day and a powerful moment to see so many factory farm activists crowded together at House Chamber steps speaking with their elected officials.

We still have some follow-up work to do. 

HF 203 was introduced to the Environmental Protection Committee, chaired by Rep. Dean FisherBut Rep. Fisher is refusing to assign the moratorium bill to a subcommittee, the next step in moving legislation forward. We tried to meet with Rep. Fisher last week, but many of us were told he was out of the chamber.

It’s completely unacceptable that Rep. Fisher is single handedly holding up HF 203. Assigning it to a subcommittee would provide an opportunity for the bill to be debated and possibly scheduled for a public hearing. This is an issue of critical importance for Iowans all across the state.

Rep. Fisher needs to hear from us. Can you help? Would you take a few minutes to either call him at 888-724-8946 or email dean.fisher@legis.iowa.gov and tell him to assign HF 203 to a subcommittee?

Here are some points you can include:

  • As chair of the Environmental Protection Committee, please assign HF 203 to a subcommittee.
  • The bill has 13 official cosponsors and another seven supporting the bill. At the very least, it deserves to be discussed.
  • The bill is pro-agriculture as it would enable MORE hog farmers to get back on the land as independent hog farmers.
  • We need to take a temporary pause on building new and expanding CAFOs so we can get a handle on the ways that factory farms impact Iowans and our waterways all across the state.
  • Thank him for seriously considering your request.

Want more talking points? Find them here: Talking Points; Why Iowa Needs a Factory Farm Moratorium

After your call, please email us at info@cleaniowanow.org and let us know how it went.

PS – If you missed the day, check out this recording with highlights of the press conference and rally.

Then check out some press coverage hereKTVOPilot Tribune, and Public News Service

Photo credit: Karla Conrad

Factory Farm Moratorium Lobby Day and Rally

Thursday, February 21 • 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Iowa State Capitol

Bill sponsors and impacted citizens among speakers addressing the need for a factory farm moratorium in Iowa.

Legislators and impacted community members will share their concerns and experiences surrounding factory farms during a Press Conference and Rally held during the afternoon of the Factory Farm Moratorium Lobby Day.

Those presenting include:

  • Bill Stowe, Des Moines Water Works CEO and General Manager
  • Representative Sharon Steckman (D-53) – Sponsor of HF 203
  • Senator Claire Celsi (D-21) – Sponsor of the Senate moratorium bill
  • Barb Kalbach, Family Farmer and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Member
  • Diane Rosenberg, Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture Co-founder
  • Emma Schmit, Food and Water Watch Iowa Organizer

Iowa is in the midst of a factory farm crisis. Please join us on Thursday, February 21 to let our legislators know we need to fix it with a moratorium NOW!

Here’s the schedule for the Factory Farm Moratorium Lobby Day and Rally:

9:30 – 10:00 am  – Wallace Building Auditorium. Register and enjoy some hot coffee and refreshments to power up for the day

10:00 – 10:30 am – Lobby Day Training. Get talking points on the moratorium bills. Learn lobbying basics from Iowa CCI’s Adam Mason. Form small groups before heading over to the Rotunda.

10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Lobby Elected Officials

12:30 – 1:30 pm – Lunch Break. Enjoy a meal in the lower level State House cafeteria or in several nearby restaurants.

1:30 pm  – Press Conference and Rally– Assemble in the Rotunda for the press conference and rally that begins promptly at 2:00 pm. Bring some signs or use some of ours.

2:30 –  Enjoy a sing-a-long performance of the Raging Grannies after the press conference concludes.

RSVP here to let us know if you can join us.

The Factory Farm Moratorium Lobby Day is jointly organized by the Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, and Food and Water Watch.

Here’s where to go:

Wallace Building Auditorium, 502 E. 9thStreet, Des Moines
(Across the street from the State Capital)

Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E. Grand Avenue, Des Moines

Parking map here.

Don’t miss this opportunity on February 21 to send an important message to the Iowa State Legislature that Iowa’s factory farm system harms too many people and needs to be fixed. It’s time for a factory farm moratorium NOW!

Thursday, February 21 • 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

We have a factory farm moratorium bill again this year!

Momentum for a moratorium is growing. The number of cosponsors this year has more than doubled.

To keep moving the moratorium forward, the Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, and Food and Water Watch are jointly organizing a Factory Farm Moratorium Day to lobby legislators to support the moratorium.

Iowa is in the midst of a factory farm crisis. Please join us to let our legislators know we need to fix it NOW!

Here is the schedule: 

9:30 – 10:00 am – Wallace Building Auditorium. Register and enjoy some hot coffee and refreshments to power up for the day.

10:00 – 10:30 am – Lobby Day Training. Get talking points on the moratorium bills. Learn lobbying basics from Iowa CCI’s Adam Mason. Form small groups before heading over to the Rotunda.

10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Lobby Elected Officials 

12:30 – 1:30 pm – Lunch Break. Enjoy a meal in the lower level State House cafeteria or in several nearby restaurants.

1:30 pm – Press Conference and Rally – Assemble in the Rotunda for the press conference and rally that begins promptly at 2:00 pm. Bring some signs or use some of ours. (Stay tuned for the announcement of our speakers.)

2:30 pm – Enjoy a sing-a-long performance of the Raging Grannies after the press conference concludes.

RSVP here to let us know if you can join us.

Here’s where to go: 

Wallace Building Auditorium, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines

(Across the street from the State Capitol)

Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E. Grand Avenue, Des Moines

Don’t miss this opportunity on February 21 to send an important message to the Iowa State Legislature that Iowa’s factory farm system is broken and needs to be fixed. It’s time for a factory farm moratorium NOW!