By Mary Kirkpatrick, Iowa City I am so glad to live in an Iowa City neighborhood that has many lawns filled with dandelions, clover, violets and a diversity of plants growing with the grass. It used to be that manicured grass was considered the ideal American lawn. Fortunately, that picture is changing for the better. […]
Is your lawn safe enough for your kids to play on? If you do the “weed and feed” routine, it’s time to rethink. Current lawn culture encourages the use of chemicals, with deceptive descriptions like “healthy lawn.” But don’t be fooled, because pesticides and fertilizers have many risks.
Two thousand four hundred ninety-nine. That is the magic maximum number of hogs allowed to construct a new confined animal feeding operation (CAFO, or factory farm) in Iowa without notifying local or county officials or adhering to state government regulations. Only a cursory review and approval by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and filing a plan for manure management with the county auditor, are required. There are no minimum requirements for acreage or distance from residences, schools, parks and sources of water unless the CAFO contains 2,500 hogs or more. […]
The NoDAPL movement is alive and well in Iowa, with numerous actions and events in the coming week. Tonight, supporters will rally ahead of the Iowa City Council meeting where the council will consider a request to divest further from banks that support the Dakota Access Pipeline. Tomorrow, 100 Grannies for a Livable Future and […]