A call to action

Our agricultural system is funded with your tax dollars and it is making you and your loved ones sick. The government subsidizes corn, and the corn is fed to livestock in such quantities that it makes them ill. The sickened animals, along with their relatively healthy flat mates, are given antibiotics in their drinking water. The waste from these animals, rich in antibiotics and antibiotic resistant bacteria, is then injected into our fields where it either percolates into our aquifers or — more efficiently — is washed through our tiled fields straight into our rivers and streams.

This government funded system is the major contributor to our nation’s epidemics of childhood obesity and early onset diabetes. It is the reason the life expectancy of our children is less than that of their parents.

The temptation might be to say that we need less government, but the truth is not that we need less government. The truth is that we need better government. We need to wrest control of our government from the hands of the corporate giants currently in control of our food systems and put it back into the hands of the people it is meant to serve.

There is a movement to do just that, but we need your help. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund is meeting on July 15 at 9 a.m. at the HyVee Hall in Des Moines. If you are someone who has been harmed by our food system — someone who lives next to a factory farm, someone who is sick and tired of a food system that works for corporations and not for people, someone who has thought twice about using our precious waterways — you need to be at this meeting. This is a grassroots effort to strengthen our democracy by making the changes we need to ensure that our government is working for us, and we need all available hands on deck.