If factory farms are so safe, why are the pork producers filing suit to block having to report when the toxic gases hydrogen sulfide and ammonia emitted from hog confinements are more than 100 pounds per day? All counties in Iowa now have either poor or very poor air quality, according to a recent EPA air quality map.
Factory farms are exempt from the Clean Air Act even though they produce large quantities of toxic emissions that have been proven to harm human health in multiple scientific and medical studies. With thousands of factory farms/CAFOs in Iowa that have little or no public health or environmental regulation, it's time to clean up our state so our grandchildren will inherit a state safe and pleasant to live in. That starts with a moratorium on new CAFOs until regulations can be developed to protect our most precious resource...our children.
Clean air and clean water are prerequisites for good health. Contact your legislators and Gov. Reynolds and let them know what the majority of Iowans value, and that if they don't agree with us, they will be sent home.
Joan Olive, Spirit Lake