Letters to the Editor

Iowa needs a moratorium on new livestock confinements

Iowa needs a moratorium on new and expanding CAFOs. I am not suggesting totally dismantling an entire industry, I am only asking everyone to take a step back, catch a breath, and look to see who really benefits from the overall effects of this industry.

Do family farmers benefit from the industrialization of agriculture? Do people benefit from the industrialization of agriculture? Does our land benefit from the industrialization of agriculture?

There is a better way; let’s work together so we all benefit from agriculture and animal husbandry. A moratorium would be the best option to get started on that way.

Sixty-three percent of Iowans across party lines want a moratorium on factory farms Yet Iowa House Speaker Grassley says that the factory farm moratorium bill is D.O.A. No one legislator should stifle debate on legislation, especially with such wide public support; HF 440 should be put before a subcommittee for discussion.

Call Speaker of the House Pat Grassley at (515) 281-3221 and share why a moratorium is worth supporting and demand he push for a subcommittee in the House. Demand he allow discussion of a moratorium by members of both parties.

Kenn Bowen

Iowa City

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