Urge supervisors to halt CAFO construction
To the editor:
I urge everyone in Jefferson County to ask the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors to vote in favor of the recently proposed resolution that calls for a statewide moratorium on construction of any more CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) until there are less than 100 water impairments in Iowa and until weaknesses in the Master Matrix are adequately resolved.
We have seen enough of the damage being done in Jefferson County and throughout Iowa by CAFOs and the current industrial-agribusiness, government-subsidized commodity production model that is responsible for the highly compromised state of Iowa’s surface waters and groundwater.
Let’s do something to start turning this around. Let’s start helping our farmers, who have been turned into industrial commodity producers, get back to farming so they can start growing and harvesting real food for Iowans and for America.
Iowans do not want more highly-processed, unhealthy food-like substances derived from corn and soybeans. Iowans do not want more pork coming from unhealthy CAFOs.
Iowans want food that is nutritious, healthy, good-tasting and that can be grown and harvested in ways that protect our soils, our waters and the future of family farms.
Please ask the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors to support the Resolution that calls for a statewide moratorium on construction of any more CAFOs in Jefferson County and in Iowa.
– Patrick Bosold