Animal Factories: Rural Communities' Struggle against Pollution from Industrial Meat and Milk Production Facilities
Tues, Mar 7, 12:45-1:45pm
Since 1998, San Joaquin Valley residents and grassroots community organizations have stood up and fought the largest and most polluting animal factories taking over rural communities. CRPE represents those communities struggling against the powerful and well-financed California dairy industry. Acting on numerous requests from client communities facing dairies – and their associated flies, water pollution, air pollution and of course pleasant manure odors – CRPE set up its Dairy Project in 1998.
The San Joaquin Valley of California ranks among the most polluted air basins in the nation, creating an environmental justice crisis on a grand scale. State and Federal air quality regulators, captured by powerful agro-industrial interests, have failed to provide the three million residents of the Valley with air quality that meets Federal health-based standards. Skyrocketing air pollution-related asthma and death rates combine with a general lack of access to health care subject low-income rural communities to an unmitigated environmental assault.
Mr. Newell will discuss how CRPE has been assisting rural communities in California's Central Valley to combat pollution from animal farming.
With generous funding from Equal Justice Works (formerly the National Association for Public Interest Law), staff attorney Brent Newell joined CRPE’s Delano office in 2000 to lead the Dairy Project as an Equal Justice Fellow. Newell has since established, and now leads, the Central Valley Air Quality Project, while continuing to work on factory farm pollution issues. Newell graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and received his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law.