CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: Oct. 7, 2002
UI to host program on concentrated animal feeding operations Oct. 16 in
The University of Iowa College of Public Health and the UI Alumni Association
are co-sponsoring the educational outreach program, "Public Health Impacts
of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)." The program, which
is free of charge, will be presented 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Best
Western Regency Inn, 3303 South Center St., in Marshalltown.
Peter Thorne, Ph.D., UI professor of toxicology in the college's occupational
and environmental health department, will present a summary of recent research
on CAFOs, including occupational hazards, community health, environmental
health, socioeconomic impacts and current status of policies. This program
is presented as part of, and in partnership with, the Iowa Environmental Health
Association's 2002 fall educational conference.
In June 2001, Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack asked the presidents of the UI and Iowa
State University to assist the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
and the Environmental Protection Commission with addressing public health
and environmental concerns arising from air emissions from CAFOs. With the
concurrence of both presidents, IDNR Director Jeffrey Vonk charged the UI
College of Public Health and ISU College of Agriculture to recommend standards
for air quality and address other issues regarding CAFOs.
Thorne served as co-chair of the UIISU study group that issued the
February 2002 joint report, "Iowa Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
Air Quality Study." Thorne is also the director of the UI Environmental
Health Sciences Research Center, a multidisciplinary center focused on agricultural
and rural environmental exposures and health effects.
Due to limited seating, those planning to attend the program are asked to
register in advance by contacting Jasmine Grassi at (319) 335-9829 or by e-mail
The College of Public Health Educational Outreach Series is funded in part
by a grant from the Principal Financial Group Foundation.