Attorney Steve Jeffery started his career as an environmental lawyer for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. As he learned, the DNR is hampered by legislation lobbied for by industry lobbyists and passed by state senators and legislators. He discusses how this works and how citizen voices are left out of the debate, leaving rural neighborhoods devastated by Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.
Attorney Steve Jeffery has been working with neighborhoods that fight the incursion of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations into their midst. Having begun his career as an environmental lawyer for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), he knows the problems that occur when under-funded departments try to protect citizens with the few tools allowed by lawmakers. Nevertheless, Steve and his clients persevere, only to find their success thwarted by out-of-state corporations, sometimes polluting the environment to produce food that is exported to other nations.
What is Farm and Fiddle?
Farm and Fiddle is the world's oldest radio program covering sustainable agriculture and local food systems. We air every Wednesday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. central time, from KOPN 89.5 fm, Columbia, Missouri. We speak to the best experts in regenerative agriculture, agroforestry, animal husbandry, and cover topics like how to resist factory farms in the neighborhood and what to do if your crop is knocked out by too much or too little rain, or by a neighbor's sloppy poison application.