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Addressing Sources of Greenhouses Gases, Water Pollution, and Harm to Health - Think Again Brooklyns

 How Do We Resolve the Serious Environmental
Health Problems Caused by CAFO's in MN?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019  
6:00 p.m. - Free Pizza Buffet and Social             6:30 p.m. - Program

City Council Chambers
5200 85th Avenue N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

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sonja trom eayrsSonya Eayrs will speak on the extensive harm done by Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s), also often referred to as industrial or factory farms. She will suggest on how we can best correct the serious problems which factory farms are causing.  

Sonya is a family lawyer and citizen activist who is active in getting the word out on how industrial farming increases greenhouse gas emissions in our state, pollutes rivers, lakes, and ground water, and harms the health of people who live in the vicinity of the farms.  She lives in Maple Grove, and her parents live in Dodge County surrounded by 11 industrial farms within a three mile radius, some as close as a half mile. The following graph reveals MN as one of the top three states in the number of CAFO’s:

 Leading CAFO States


Listen to the farmers of Newberg Township in Karst County movingly explain the widespread harmful impact CAFO’s, which they are fighting to keep out of their county, would have on their lives.  What would this mean?  "What it meant is that it would change the life of everyone around here forever. . .  What has been really interesting is the near unanimous opposition to it."  Watch the 6 minute video. 

It is easy to see that traditional farm families that live in the vicinity of CAFO's are severely harmed by the industrialized farms.  What might not be as immediately obvious is that CAFO's are greatly contributing to MN's climate change through their production of greenhouse gases (GHG's) and to serious declines in MN's water resources, both quantity and quality.  While using clean energy for electricity has contributed to a 15% reduction in greenhouse gases, CAFO's have increased GHG's in MN by 10% leaving a net reduction of only 5%.  While MN plans to reduce GHG's due to fossil fuel sources of electricity to zero by 2050, what plans should MN have to reduce GHG's and water pollution from CAFO's?  Bring your ideas.

What Does NW Suburbs' Water Future Look Like?

How Can Residents Preserve Water for Future Generations?

Jon WatsonJon Watson, Pubic Utilities Superintendent for the City of Brooklyn Park, will describe the source and quality of water in Brooklyn Park and nearby suburbs, explain what affects water quality and the treatment process for Brooklyn Park's water, and suggest what we can do to improve and maintain the quality of our water. 

Jon Watson has worked for the City of Brooklyn Park for over 25 years.  Twenty of them were as the Public Utilities Superindendent and Engineer.

As usual, the forum will include a question and answer session.

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