On September 10 and 11, 2016, Center staff attorney Elizabeth Haddix joined residents from Sampson, Duplin, Bladen and Pender counties who suffer the impacts from industrial pork and poultry operations concentrated in their communities at a national summit hosted by the Oneida Nation in Green Bay, WI entitled “Factory Farm Summit: Demanding Accountability in Agriculture.” The summit, which brought together farmers, residents, researchers and advocates from across the country, was organized by the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP), which works throughout the U.S. helping communities protect themselves from the negative impacts of factory farms, officially called Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). SRAP gives family farmers, ranchers, and other rural citizens the tools needed to develop and sustain ecologically sound, economically viable, humane farming alternatives to industrial-scale agriculture.
SRAP invited the Center and leaders from the NC Environmental Justice Network (NCEJN) and the Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help (REACH), two of the Center’s organizational clients on the 2014 Title VI complaint filed against the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ, formerly DENR) challenging DEQ’s general permit and oversight of industrial swine operations as racially discriminatory, to the conference.
In this photo, NCEJN leader Naeema Muhammad delivers the opening keynote on the particular problem of environmental racism inherent in the factory farm system in North Carolina. Seated around her are residents of Duplin, Sampson, Bladen and Pender counties directly impacted by the polluting operations.
Posted by Elizabeth M. Haddix on Fri. September 16, 2016 2:11 PM