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For Immediate Release

Darcey Rakestraw, Food & Water Watch, 202-683-2467;, Adam Mason, Iowa CCI, 515-282-0484;

Groups to Call for First Ever National Ban on Factory Farming

Food & Water Watch to join Iowa citizens for community improvement to urge local, state, and federal lawmakers to protect Americans against unsafe factory farming practices.


On Monday, May 14, a coalition of concerned landowners, family farmers, environmental advocates and policy makers will gather together to announce the launch of a national campaign to ban factory farming in the United States. Food & Water Watch will also release a new report, The Urgent Case for a Ban on Factory Farms.

Factory farms are getting bigger and are polluting with near impunity thanks to unchecked agribusiness power and regulatory rollbacks. The call for a ban on factory farming is the final and decisive step necessary to protect all Americans from these dangers of unsustainable food animal production.

WHAT: Press conference and campaign announcement


  • Bill Stowe, CEO & General Manager, Des Moines Water Works
  • Adam Mason, State Policy Organizing Director, Iowa CCI
  • Cherie Mortice, Board President, Iowa CCI; Retired Des Moines Teacher
  • Barb Kalbach, Member, Iowa CCI; 4th Generation Family Farmer from Adair County
  • Patty Lovera, Assistant Director, Food & Water Watch

WHEN:Monday, May 14th, 2018 12:00 p.m. CT

WHERE: Christine Hensley Terrace Shelter, Gray's Landing Park, 2101 Fleur Dr., Des Moines, IA

Streamed via Facebook Live at

VISUALS: Participants will be holding up signs.

BACKGROUND: Factory farms exacerbate climate change and contribute to public health crises, release dangerous toxins into the air we breathe and the water we drink, disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color, and create dangerous and unhealthy conditions for workers and animals. The rise of factory farms in our nation has transformed rural and economically diverse communities into agribusiness-controlled nightmares.

To obtain an embargoed copy of the report, The Urgent Case for a Ban on Factory Farms, or to RSVP for the press conference, contact

Food & Water Watch mobilizes regular people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water, and climate problems of our time. We work to protect people's health, communities, and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.

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