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IOWA FAMILY FARMERS DEPEND ON CLEAN WATER

The Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 15, 2020

Co-written by Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid, and Aaron Lehman, a fifth-generation farmer from rural Polk County and president of the Iowa Farmers Union

In a case being heard this week by the Supreme Court of Iowa, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Food & Water Watch vs. State of Iowa, farmers and rural residents from across Iowa will share the many harms inflicted upon them and their livelihoods by factory farm polluters. These Iowans are our neighbors and friends, and they have experienced firsthand the devastating health, environmental and economic impacts of factory farm pollution.

While the case covers a small segment of the Raccoon River, the statewide water crisis spurred by Iowa's increasingly concentrated industrial agriculture system impairs more than 760 Iowa waterways and impacts every person in the state.

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