Welcome to the Farms Without Harm Forum

Thanks for visiting this forum for people who want to do something about the polluting animal factories in Michigan!  Hosted by the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club, this blog's purpose is to connect you with like-minded folks so you can share experiences and ideas, get the latest news on this issue, and help us build a movement to increase the pressure on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in Michigan while growing the support for sustainable, small farmers around the state. 

In the coming months, you’ll hear about a new campaign involving diverse groups that address various aspects of the animal factory issue.  We're building a coalition to apply real pressure to animal factories from many sides.

Michigan has more than 230 animal factories lurking off the radar in rural areas. Out of sight, out of mind, maybe, but they have a real, negative impact on our daily lives, whether or not we get our food from small, sustainable farms. These livestock warehouses generate millions of gallons of manure annually, poisoning our water and air while sucking the life out of local economies. Even when they violate federal and state regulations, CAFOs get rewarded with the lion’s share of federal subsidies (our tax dollars), under-cutting the very farmers we support with our shopping habits.

For more than a decade, Sierra Club's Michigan Chapter has tackled head on the pollution side of the CAFO issue-- tracking manure run-off, alerting the authorities to violations, lobbying for better laws and oversight, educating citizens, and suing operations when necessary. Our own Lynn Henning has gained international recognition for her work documenting the pollution of these “farms."

Now, we’re taking it to the next level. Later this year, you’ll hear about a new campaign to ratchet up our efforts as the state’s CAFO watchdog while being more aggressive in our support of sustainable agriculture. We’ll involve many groups and individuals like you in the effort to apply pressure to these corporate polluters.

We’re excited about this campaign, but it won’t be effective without you! You can join the fight for a better food system in a number of ways right now:

Finally, stay up to date on the progress of our new campaign, learn about events and things you can do to help by signing up to be on our email list. You’ll learn about the campaign’s blog and website where you can share thoughts and ideas with like-minded people and help build the movement with us! Just contact gail.philbin@sierraclub.org.

Thanks!  We look forward to working with you.

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