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Karen Hudson - Modern Era

In the mid-1990s Karen Hudson became committed to stopping the spread of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) when a corporation sought to establish a large hog farm near where she lived. Karen founded Families Against Rural Messes (FARM), a grassroots group in Illinois that opposes CAFOs and their impacts. She is also co-founder of Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water (ICCAW), a state-wide coalition of family farmers and community groups advocating for sound policies and practices that protect the environment, human health, and rural quality of life from the impacts of large-scale industrialized livestock production facilities in Illinois.

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A manually excavated channel from a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in Illinois connected to Bear Creek, a tributary of the Mississippi River, which was discovered in 1997.

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Illinois

When:

1997

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Photo taken by Edith Galloway. May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

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An 80,000-head swine concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in Green County, Illinois, 1997.

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Green County, Illinois

When:

1997

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Narrator’s photo

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Karen Hudson and friend during a trip to Poland in 2000. (Photo taken by Agnes Von Volkenberg.

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Poland

When:

2000

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

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The Inwood Dairy spill in February, 2001 resulted in one million gallons of waste being pumped into the Kickapoo Creek watershed, the largest spill in recent history, resulting in a $50,000 fine.

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Illinois

When:

February, 2001

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Narrator’s photo

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The Inwood Dairy spill, where one million gallons of waste was pumped into the Kickapoo Creek watershed in February, 2001, resulting in a $50,000 fine. It was the largest manure dump in IL history.

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Illinois

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February, 2001

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Narrator’s photo

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A lagoon spill at the Inwood Dairy in October of 2001.

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Illinois

When:

October of 2001

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Narrator’s photo

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A creek near the Inwood Dairy shows foam containing high fecal coliform matter in a photo taken by Karen Hudson in October, 2001.

Where:

Illinois

When:

October of 2001

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Narrator’s photo

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An aerial view of deliberate dumping from the lagoon at Inwood Dairy, estimated between two and ten million gallons. The photo was taken by Karen Hudson in October, 2001.

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Illinois

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October of 2001

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Narrator’s photo

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Attempted cleanup of a lagoon spill at Inwood Dairy, in October, 2001.

Where:

Illinois

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October of 2001

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Narrator’s photo

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Inwood Dairy spill, October of 2001.

Where:

Illinois

When:

October of 2001

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Narrator’s photo

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Run-off from the Stoneridge Dairy in Bellflower, Illinois in September of 2010.

Where:

Bellflower, Illinois

When:

September of 2010

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Narrator’s photo

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The Land of Stinkin sign created by Karen Hudson that was used as part of a protest against factory farms in Illinois in 2012, especially hog and cattle operations in protests.

Where:

Illinois

When:

2012

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Narrator’s photo

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Rocky and Karen Hudson while they were vacationing in Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan in 2016.

Where:

Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan

When:

2016

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Karen Hudson, co-founder of Illinois Citizens for Clean Air

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

Jan. 24, 2017

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From a Chicago Tribune article. May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.



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