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.