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Jan 20, 2018 / Industrial Ag in the Driftless: How do we protect our communities?

Industrial Ag in the Driftless: How do we protect our communities?

January 20th, 1:00-5:30 p.m.

AmericInn Conference Center, Boscobel

The grassroots forum will share information about the Driftless area’s sensitive karst hydrogeology and what has happened in places where industrialized agriculture operations have been permitted by the State.

Keynote speaker John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, will discuss “Defending Rural Communities against Economic Colonization.”

Panelists, who will address how industrial agriculture can affect our health, economies, and environment, include a local hog farmer, a neighbor to an industrial hog facility, a geologist, an environmental attorney, and state and national level environmental advocates. Network and share struggles and successes, with a focus on solution-oriented discussion about what can be done to protect our land, water, and air in the Driftless region.

Early sponsors of the event include: Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network, Crawford Stewardship Project, Midwest Environmental Advocates, Preserve Grant County Farmland, South Central Wisconsin Farmers Union, Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, Concerned Citizens for Smart Growth, St Croix County Defending our Water, Coulee Region Sierra Club, Farms Not Factories, Green County Defending Our Farmland

Share the event and get updates on Facebook. Visit the Midwest Environmental Advocates table at the event.

Read more about the unique ways the Driftless area needs water protection in this article from the Crawford County Independent.

Downloads: poster; handbills; JPEG

Mar 02, 2018 / Wisconsin Environmental Health Network Annual Conference

Wisconsin Environmental Health Network Annual Conference, Madison
12:00 - 5:00 pm

Conference highlights include:

  • Panel: “Health and Environmental Justice: Air Quality in Wisconsin,” moderated by Kim Wright, JD, Executive Director, Midwest Environmental Advocates
  • Bruce Lanphear, MD, MPH, Clinician Scientist at the BC Children’s Research Institute and Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia on “Impact of Toxic Chemicals on the Developing Brain”
  • Tom Burke, PhD, Former EPA Science Advisor and Director of the Johns Hopkins Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute on “Protecting Health in Risky Times: The Challenge of Hazardous Chemicals in Our Environment”
  • Lee Wilke, MD, a Professor of Surgery and Director of the UW Breast Center at the UW Carbone Cancer Center on “Breast Cancer & the Environment.”

On Thursday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m. there will be a special pre-conference public lecture by Bruce Lanphear, MD, MPH on “Unleashing the Power of Prevention by Targeting Environmental Exposures to Toxic Chemicals & Pollutants” at the H.F DeLuca Forum hall, Discovery Building, UW-Madison Campus.