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Illinois Citizens for Clean Air & Water Weekly Newsletter: June 21, 2013

June 19, 2013
Illinois Citizens for Clean Air & Water
Weekly Newsletter
June 21, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hope to see you at the ICCAW meeting this Saturday!
The annual ICCAW meeting is just around the corner! We are still accepting RSVPs for what will be a spectacular event! We have great speakers lined up and will be sharing techniques and strategies that you can put to use right away to monitor and protect your communities from CAFO pollution.  Please send your RSVP to Karen Hudson at: khudson@elmnet.net or call 309-742-8895  (hm);
309-208-8841 (cell).   Click the link below for more details about the meeting.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mnAN8CiuAdsh2nsIWSVtaHY_jWdti_VP1WePNI7rw18/edit?usp=sharing

Watch this New Short Film that Highlights the Peril to Waters in Wisconsin’s Central Sands
Media Contact:  Bob Clarke,
bclarke@friendsofcs.org, 608-296-1443
For Immediate Release
June 16, 2013
Coloma, WI – On the eve of an historic vote by the Wisconsin assembly on a budget that includes a controversial provision stripping citizens of their right to challenge the DNR’s permitting of high capacity wells when cumulative impacts are not considered, Friends of the Central Sands (FOCS) releases a short film highlighting why this issue is so important.  Not Standing Still: The Degradation of Wisconsin’s Waters clearly shows the loss of water to Wisconsin’s lakes and streams.  To view the film follow the link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-tGS6JQkr4 Or: www.FriendsofCS.org

ILLINOIS NEWS

Guest Column: Factory farm externalities: Behind the walls and beyond the fence line
Rock River Times
June 11 2013
By Karen L. Hudson
http://rockrivertimes.com/2013/06/05/guest-column-factory-farm-externalities-behind-the-walls-and-beyond-the-fence-line/

Update on IFB State Legislative Priorities (Is IFB trying to prevent townships from posting weight limits on roads to factory farms?)
Illinois Farm Bureau wants to ensure changes made to rural roads are well thought out.  Rep. Rosenthal’s bill states highway commissioners cannot permanently close, vacate, or reduce the weight limit on any road or portion thereof without the written approval of themselves, the county superintendent of highways, and the elected board associated with that road district. HB 2367 was held in the Transportation: Regulations, Roads & Bridges Committee. The Highway commissioners, Township officials, Illinois Department of Transportation, and the County Highway Engineers are all adamantly opposed. IFB supports HB 2367.
http://www.ilfb.org/ifb-news-and-events/ifb-in-action/32513farmnewsspringfield.aspx?alttemplate=Print
Special note: This bill appears to have died in committee this year, but it seems it could have been an industry effort to prevent Townships from posting weight limits on roads leading to CAFOs.  Last year a township in McDonough County posted weight limits on roads leading to the proposed South Morgan Acre, LLC CAFO.  Professional Swine Management sued the Township claiming the imposed weight limits, which would have impeded CAFO trucks from accessing the site, were unconstitutional.  The township has thus far been successful in defending its case, but the lawsuit remains pending.  Could the proposed road legislation supported by IFB be in response?

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Senate Approves Farm Bill Without Major Food Safety Amendments: Legislation won’t repeal catfish inspection at USDA or amend FSMA
Food Safety News
June 11, 2013
By Helena Bottlemiller
It is a huge disappointment that the Farm Bill did not include major food safety amendments, including Sen. John McCain’s provision to repeal the controversial “catfish inspection program” at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA has spent about $20 million in the past five years on the catfish inspection initiative but has yet to implement catfish inspection in the United States.  FDA has also been repeatedly been criticized  by the General Accounting Office (GAO) for having inadequate oversight over imported seafood in the United States which is a critical point since close to  90 percent of seafood consumed in the U.S. is now imported.
http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/06/senate-approves-farm-bill-without-major-food-safety-amendments/

Thai Swine Raisers Against Possible US Pork Import
The Pig Site
June 11, 2013
By News Desk
http://www.thepigsite.com/swinenews/33410/thai-swine-raisers-against-possible-us-pork-import

Smithfield-Shuanghui Deal Hits Snags
The Pig Site
June 11, 2013
By News Desk
http://www.thepigsite.com/swinenews/33409/smithfieldshuanghui-deal-hits-snags

Senate Approves Farm Bill Without Major Food Safety Amendments
Legislation won’t repeal catfish inspection at USDA or amend FSMA

Food Safety News
June 11, 2013
By Helena Bottlemiller
It is a huge disappointment that the Farm Bill did not include major food safety amendments, including Sen. John McCain’s provision to repeal the controversial “catfish inspection program” at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA has spent about $20 million in the past five years on the catfish inspection initiative but has yet to implement catfish inspection in the United States.  FDA has also been repeatedly been criticized  by the General Accounting Office (GAO) for having inadequate oversight over imported seafood in the United States which is a critical point since close to  90 percent of seafood consumed in the U.S. is now imported.
http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/06/senate-approves-farm-bill-without-major-food-safety-amendments/

UPDATE: Tama Co. turns down proposed hog lot plan
WCF Courier
June 11, 2013
By Dennis Magee
http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/update-tama-co-turns-down-proposed-hog-lot-plan/article_da92107a-d1f7-11e2-87b6-001a4bcf887a.html

Officials to compare abduction to unsolved Iowa cases
Des Moines Register
June 10, 2013
By Emily Schettler
A memorial service for a girl abducted and murdered at an Iowa hog confinement has been set for 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Southeast Webster-Grand Middle School gymnasium in Boxholm, Iowa. The girl was kidnapped on May 20 and taken to a hog confinement lot where the murderer worked where he then zip tied her hands. Another girl who was also abducted and zip tied managed to escape the confinement property when the worker James Klunde, moved the girl he killed to another part of the property according to police.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2013/06/10/missing-girl-iowa/2410427/

Tama County Residents Win First Step In Stopping Construction of Rastetter Factory Farm
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
PRESS RELEASE
June 10, 2013
By Jess Mazour,
Iowa CCI
http://iowacci.org/in-the-news/tama-county-resident-close-to-stopping-rastetter-factory-farm/ 
Opposing sides argue positions in groundwater pollution case

Yakima Herald Republic
June 8, 2013
By Ross Courtney
The case has grabbed national attention and could set a precedent for how the country and the legal system view livestock manure. Community for the Restoration of the Environment (CARE) argued that dairies are in business to produce milk, not fertilizer, and therefore are responsible for the waste that has contaminated groundwater.  The Center for Food Safety, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that promotes organic farming, is also a party in the lawsuit. The dairies in the case were a likely source for the contamination that has left 20% of drinking wells with nitrates that exceed federal standards.
http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/latestlocalnews/1212681-8/opposing-sides-argue-positions-in-groundwater-pollution-case

We’re Being Watched: How Corporations and Law Enforcement are Spying on Environmentalists
Earth Island Journal
June 7, 2013
By Alan Federman
Pennsylvania families have discovered that their anti fracking organization was a feature on intelligence bulletins compiled by The Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR).  They were shocked when they also discovered the Pennsylvania Department of Homeland Security had distributed those bulletins to local police chiefs, state, federal and private intelligence agencies. The bulletins were also shared with the security directors of the natural gas companies, as well as industry groups and public relations firms.
http://ecowatch.com/2013/were-being-watched/

Proposed Pig Barn Raising a Stink
June 7, 2013
By Bob Cox
A man finds himself in hot water with neighbors after he announces his proposal to construct a hog site near their homes.
http://greensburgdailynews.com/local/x1076949432/Proposed-pig-barn-raising-a-stink

How will Smithfield Foods Sale Impact the U.S. Pork Industry?
National Hog Farmer Business Content
June 3, 2013
By Steve Meyer
Smithfield’s move for removing the feed additive ractopamine from its company-owned farms was possible a sign that they were going to well to China, who opposes the additive. This states that China’s purchase of Smithfield will in no way compromise anything about the U.S. pork industry’s impeccable food safety record.
http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/how-will-smithfield-foods-sale-impact-us-pork-industry

Russians prove small scale organic CAN feed the world
Natural Society
May 29, 2013
By Christina Sarich
Approximately 20 million acres are farmed by over 35 million Russian families. Russians are continuing the art of growing their own food and it is working. Currently they grow 92% of the entire countries’ potatoes, 77% of its vegetables, 87% of its fruit, and feed 71% of the entire population from privately owned, organic farms or house gardens all across the country. A recent report from Agro-ecology and the Right to Food says that organic and sustainable small-scale farming could double food production in the parts of the world where hunger is the biggest issue. We Americans need to know that in order to fight for control of our food system.
http://naturalsociety.com/russians-prove-small-scale-organic-can-feed-world/

A New Threat to Health
Green Bay Press Gazette Opinion
May 14, 2013
Dr. Peter Sigmann pens a compelling editorial regarding the hazardous method of disposing industrial agricultural sewage from concentrated animal feeding operations. Click on the link to see the entire Op-ed Piece by Dr. Sigmann. Below is a brief overview of his letter.  The sewage is loaded with antibiotic resistant superbugs, viruses, chemical compounds, and more. CAFO operators in Wisconsin are proposing to use semi-permanent off-the-ground irrigation systems to dispose of sewage in large amounts. This practice will overload the ground and water with nutrients, but the aerosolized droplets of manure will be carried downwind in inhalable form. The CAFOs should be required to treat their sewage just as households are and Wisconsin taxpayers should not support the irrigation method or any other aspect of CAFO operation financially with grants and loans.
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20130515/ADV06/305150187/Your-Letters

Love eating prawns? You’ll go right off them after we tell you what THEY are fed on
Daily Mail Online
March 15, 2013
By Jim Wickens
If you enjoy eating prawns please read this article and become more educated on the seafood you choose to consume. Jim Wickens visited Thailand the world leader in prawn exports.  During his investigation he discovered a horrifying  cruel, polluting dangerous world of the prawn trade which exploits humans and the environment. Human slave labor is the way of life on these trawlers which harvest deep below directly on the ocean floor pulling up everything in its path. Market fish are selected and all other sea life raked up and dumped into stinking vats under deck which hold the fetid mass until it is processed and ground up to feed prawn at fish factories. Laborers are trafficked from Burma and Cambodia, work 20 hours a day and are beaten, abused and even killed. Please take a minute and read about this look into the disturbing and abusive prawn trade.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2294246/Love-eating-prawns-Youll-right-tell-THEY-fed-on.html

RESOURCES

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING – SB 1715 (REP. BRADLEY/SEN. FRERICHS)
Illinois Farm Bureau Quick View State News
June 4, 2013
http://www.ilfb.org/e-media-and-publications/quickview-state-news.aspx

DOCUMENTARIES

Not Standing Still: The Degradation of Wisconsin’s Waters
Friends of the Central Sands (FOCS) released a short film that clearly shows the loss of water to Wisconsin’s lakes and streams.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-tGS6JQkr4
To view the press release about this documentary click the link below.
https://docs.google.com/file/d/1LoneHHku_3iFLX1xfuCWRr4qG-wU0UXruOEi6T-p_WJoAIheNQiLaWOdnfsa/edit?usp=sharing

A grassroots community documentary explores issues of ground water pollution in the area of the Yakama Nation in Central Washington.
Kickstarter.com
By Walla Walla University Comm. & Lang
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/yakamawater/yakama-clean-waters-a-community-documentary

Karen L. Hudson, Farmer
Consultant, Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (www.sraproject.org)
Co-founder, Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water (www.iccaw.org)
Founder, Families Against Rural Messes
Elmwood, Illinois
309-742-8895  (hm)
309-208-8841 (cell)
khudson@elmnet.net

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