Last year, I was hospitalized for two weeks with drug resistant E.coli. I was given an extremely potent antibiotic only available through an IV. It eradicated the E. coli, but my gut is still recovering from the damage.

Now, as you read on, please imagine your child, grandchild, or other children. Would you give this child contaminated water? Would you want this child to breathe polluted air? Would you knowingly expose this child to an illness for which there is no antidote? If you answered no, then you must confront the disconnect Iowa has with the factory farms industry.

Please consider the following questions:

• Why did the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) just discover 5,000 additional factory farms in Iowa?

• Why did the DNR fire an employee who was helping counties understand rules for confined animal feeding operations (CAFO)?

• Why did the DNR’s oversight panel vote against updating CAFO rules, which haven’t been revised in 15 years?

Iowa has been bought and sold.

Will you be silent about factory farming, or will you speak out? 

Edith Haenel

Northwood, Iowa

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