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Illinois Citizens for Clean Air & Water Sept. 25 newsletter

September 24, 2013
Illinois Citizens for Clean Air & Water
Weekly Newsletter
September 25, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENTS

F.A.R.M. Networking/Education Meeting in Griggsville
Karen Hudson visited Griggsville Illinois on September 12, 2013 and conversed with many community members who are committed to positive legislative reform regarding the permitting and siting of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOS) in our state. Click the link below to read more about the meeting
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FKuJttVl1acRvfbwHwGGzvALQeGqKDzNUQ_AmHlGKEY/edit?usp=sharing

ILLINOIS NEWS

F.A.R.M. concerned about large hog farm
KHQA
September 12, 2013
By Rajah Maples
Read about how Karen Hudson from Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water (ICCAW) spoke to Families Against Rural Messes (F.A.R.M.) in Pike County Illinois.
http://www.connecttristates.com/news/story.aspx?id=946136

NATIONAL NEWS

CAFO settlement after Decade of Violations
Forward Institute
September 23, 2013
Press Release
After a decade of violations, a factory farm in Wisconsin has agreed to pay a 100,000 settlement.
http://forwardinstitutewi.org/2013/09/23/cafo-settlement-after-decade-of-violations/

Letter From the Editor: Let the War on Poultry-Borne Pathogens Begin
Food Safety News
September 15, 2013
By Dan Flynn
Don’t miss another one of Dan Flynn’s excellent editorials on the dangers of our poultry inspection practices and emerging pathogens. Most of the contamination is Campylobacter, but the strains of Salmonella being discovered are increasingly of the dangerous antibiotic-resistant kind. New pathogens are emerging faster than we can even reform our poultry inspection system. To more fully address the existing Campylobacter and Salmonella, something needs to be done now.
http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/09/letter-from-the-editor-let-the-war-on-poultry-pathogens-begin/#.Ujd7Mb4o4qI

USDA official defends pork inspection pilot program
The Washington Post
September 13, 2013
By Kimberly Kindy
A top food safety official at the USDA says that a pilot program for inspecting pork is working well, and he is defending the experimental procedures being used in five hog plants around the country.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2013/09/13/usda-official-defends-pork-inspection-pilot-program/

Shuanghui International and Smithfield Foods Receive CFIUS Clearance
Smithfield Foods Press Release
September 6, 2013
http://investors.smithfieldfoods.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=789378

Was Your Chicken Nugget Made In China? It’ll Soon Be Hard to Know
NPR
September 5, 2013
By Maria Godoy
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that it was ending a ban on processed chicken from China. Now Chinese chicken parts will be marketed in the United States without a country of origin label.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/09/05/219377718/was-your-chicken-nugget-made-in-china-itll-soon-be-hard-to-know

Environmental groups file in EPA-CAFO information suit
Brownfield Ag News Network
September 5, 2013
By Bob Meyer
A coalition of consumer rights, community and environmental organizations has filed a motion in federal court in Minnesota, seeking to intervene in in a legal case introduced by the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council.
http://brownfieldagnews.com/2013/09/05/environmental-groups-file-epa-cafo-information-suit/

Can Exposure To Science Boost Morality? Maybe So, New Study Suggests
The Huffington Post
September 4, 2013
By Meredith Bennet-Smith
These researchers found that believing in science and thinking about science led to more morally normative outcomes.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/04/science-morality-study_n_3862629.html

Farmer who wants new CAFO has three DEP violations
Times Shamrock
August 1, 2013
By Justin Strawser
A farmer who has been in disagreement with his neighborhood over factory farms, has been served three violation notices by the state, and has been consistently late submitting required paperwork in report form since 2010 in relation to his current CAFO.  
http://newsitem.com/news/farmer-who-wants-new-cafo-has-three-dep-violations-1.1529685

RESEARCH AND RESOURCES

What to do in Illinois CAFO pollution or fish kills
IEPA
Citizen Pollution Complaint
Illinois EPA takes citizen pollution complaints seriously and is committed to responding to complaints as quickly as possible. By using the Agency’s new online complaint form process, your complaint can be received and the investigation process begun much more quickly than sending a complaint through the mail.
http://www.epa.state.il.us/pollution-complaint/

The Art of eating Good information here for consumers!
http://paleodietlifestyle.com/just-cows-pastured-pork-poultry/
http://www.chipotle.com/Media/the_art_of_eating.pdf

YOU TUBE VIDEO

Farmer: Stop overusing antibiotics in agriculture
You Tube video
September 11, 2013
Watch this video about a Georgia farmer who gave up feeding to his animals antibiotics unless they were sick.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?

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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