“Democracy Fractured” at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA – Oct 28, 2012

At “Democracy Fractured” at Dickinson College, on Oct 28, citizen advocacy leaders address PA’s agricultural challenges, from factory farms to Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction and biosolids. Examine the economics, public health, animal health, environmental impacts, food safety and the influence of wealthy lobbyists on our farms, economic policy, regulation and democracy.

Our municipal leaders’ hands have been tied for a while by “our” state. Factory Farms, or CAFOs, enjoy zoning immunity like the Marcellus industry is trying to buy. Google: ACRE and Act 13. Then check campaign donations of “our” representatives. DEP has little power to overcome such monetary might. We need the advocate community.

How do we protect ourselves? What happens when state agencies and government fail to protect us? How do we invest in policies that benefit our independent farms and rural communities? How do we sustain our environment and keep local independent farms viable?

Peach Bottom Concerned Citizens Group, Inc. has been fighting both Corporate Ag and Oil & Gas lobby steamrollers for a long time.

Please attend if you can. The biggest obstacle to our democratic republic, after the obscene campaign donations, is the fact that no one speaks out. Until these issues hit their backyards. But by then, it is often too late.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/86279013/PBCCG%202012%20Dickinson%20Conference%20comp%20f.pdf

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3 Responses to “Democracy Fractured” at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA – Oct 28, 2012

  1. steventodd says:

    The debate you reference sounds awesome too, Christine. But it is at the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium. A debate between the three candidates for Auditor General of Pennsylvania: Eugene DePasquale (Democrat), John Maher (Republican) and Betsy Summers (Libertarian). The event is sponsored by the College Democrats and College Republicans.

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  2. steventodd says:

    PRESS RELEASE FROM STATE SENATOR DAYLIN LEACH, PA-17th Senatorial District

    For Immediate Release

    TO: Media Assignment Editors

    Feel free to pass it around-from Senator Daylin Leach

    FROM: Casey Smith
    Phone: (717) 787-5544
    cnsmith@pasenate.com

    SUBJECT: LEACH INVITES PRESS AND PUBLIC TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE THIS WEEKEND

    HARRISBURG, October 25, 2012 — State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today invited members of the press and public to attend a forum and panel discussion on the environmental impacts of Marcellus Shale extraction and industrialized animal production. The Democracy Fractured Conference, sponsored by the Peach Bottom Concerned Citizens and the Socially Responsible Agriculture Project, will be held at Dickinson College this weekend.
    “I am happy to support a grassroots effort to present information on the environmental, health and economic impacts of two of the biggest industries to come to Pennsylvania in the last several years,” Leach said. “This conference will educate attendees on how Marcellus Shale extraction and industrialized animal production such as CAFO’s (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) affect not only our environment, but also our food, health and local economy.”
    Leach, a passionate environmental advocate, plans to reintroduce the Safe Food and Safe Families Act when session resumes in January. That bill would prohibit the use of certain antibiotics in agriculture and call for the inspection of agricultural operations to ensure safety and compliance. Leach has also been a leading voice calling for increased vigilance and regulation in the Marcellus Shale drilling industry.
    In a statement released to the public, the Peach Bottom Concerned Citizens and Socially Responsible Agriculture Project said:
    “Join us as keynote speakers and community leaders address the challenges to PA’s agricultural heritage, from factory farms to Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction and biosolids. We will examine the economics, public health, animal health, environmental impacts, food safety and the influence of powerful well-lobbied industries on our farms, economic policy, regulation and democracy.”
    Speakers at the conference will include Patrick Baron, a Doctoral Fellow at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for a Livable Future, Kathy Martin, a Civil and Petroleum Engineer from Oklahoma, Charlie Speer, Environmental Attorney and many farmers from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, NY and Missouri.

    WHAT: Democracy Fractured Conference
    WHEN: Sunday, October 28th from 12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    WHERE: Dickinson College
    Holland Union Building (HUB)
    24 N. College St. Carlisle, PA 17013
    Members of the press and public are invited to attend.

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