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      September 6, 2019

      Friday   6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

      30486 Lewes Georgetown Highway
      Lewes, Delaware 19958

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      Right to Harm

      This documentary explores questions about the basic rights of everyone to have clean air and water The film asserts that factory farms often produce millions of gallons of untreated waste that can destroy the quality of life for their neighbors. and reveals the devastating health impact factory farming has had on many citizens, and the failure of state agencies to regulate industrial animal agriculture. The film asserts that factory farms often produce millions of gallons of untreated waste that can destroy the quality of life for their neighbors. It exposes the devastating health impact factory farming has had on many citizens and the failure of state agencies to regulate industrial animal agriculture, The film explores questions about the basic rights of everyone to have clean air and water, while examining the political issues that stand in the way to of necessary nationwide reform.
      Created by the makers of the critically acclaimed Sustainable (2016) and executive produced by journalist Mark Bittman, the film shines a light on the public health impact of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in the DelMarVa region and other communities across the country. The screening is free and open to the public.
      “Once you learn what it’s like for people who live near these facilities and then experience it firsthand, you can’t go back,” says Right to Harm filmmaker Matt Wechsler. “I can’t bring myself to support a system that is inherently inequitable, and I wanted to share that feeling with others.”
      Right to Harm is an exposé on the public health impact of factory farming across the United States as told through the eyes of residents in five rural communities. The film claims factory farming often produces millions of gallons of untreated waste that can destroy the quality of life for their neighbors. Right to Harm exposes the devastating health impact factory farming has had on many citizens, and the failure of state agencies to regulate industrial animal agriculture.
      Susan Goekler, co-chair of UUSD’s Social & Environmental Justice, says, “Unitarian Universalists strive to choose foods that minimize harm and are protective of the environment, consumers, farmers, and all those involved in food production and distribution. This film provides information that will help us make food choices that minimize harm. It can also stimulate policy actions that contribute to the common good.” According to Right to Harm, corporate farming operations produce millions of gallons of untreated waste that can destroy the quality of life for their neighbors. The film also examines political issues that stand in the way of necessary reforms.
      Right to Harm is an exposé on the public health impact of factory farming across the United States as told through the eyes of residents in five rural communities. The film claims factory farming often produces millions of gallons of untreated waste that can destroy the quality of life for their neighbors. Right to Harm exposes the devastating health impact factory farming has had on many citizens, and the failure of state agencies to regulate industrial animal agriculture.
      Maria Payan, who is featured in the film, was forced to abandon her home outside of York, PA because a nearby poultry operation tainted her groundwater, sickening her family for years. She is now a resident and clean water advocate in Sussex County, Delaware where four of five chicken processing plants have received environmental violations since 2014.
      The film features Dr. John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, who discusses the impacts of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations on rural communities. Dr. John Ikerd, Maria Payan, and Carole Morison will participate in a discussion after the film. Dr. Ikerd is a Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, who discusses the impacts of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations on rural communities in the film. will participate in the discussion at UUSD following the film, along with Maria Payan, who is featured in the film, was forced to abandon her home outside of York, PA because a nearby poultry operation tainted the groundwater, sickening her family for years. She is now a resident and clean water advocate in Sussex County, DE where four of five chicken processing plants have received environmental violations since 2014. Maria Payan and Carole Morison, who. Payan’s family was forced to abandon their home after years of health issues caused by tainted groundwater from a nearby massive poultry operation. Morison, who operates a small chicken farm on the Delmarva Peninsula, is a long-time advocate for poultry industry reform.
      Acclaimed author Mark Bittman is the Executive Producer of Right to Harm, along with Kendra Kimbiraukas, an Oregon-based farmer who has worked on campaigns to hold factory farms accountable. Matt Wechsler, award winning award-winning documentarian, is the director, producer, and cinematographer for the film, along with Annie Spiecher, a filmmaker and sustainable food advocate.
      Susan Goekler, co-chair of UUSD’s Social & Environmental Justice, says, “Unitarian Universalists strive to choose foods that minimize harm and are protective of the environment, consumers, farmers, and all those involved in food production and distribution. This film provides information that will help us make food choices that minimize harm. It can also stimulate policy actions that contribute to the common good.”
      The co-sponsor of the film, the The Socially Responsible Agriculture Project, is a non--profit organization that advocates for ecologically
      sound, socially equitable, and economically vital agriculture., is a co-sponsor of the film.

      Cost: Free - For more information, go to www.uussd.org or contact Mac and Susan Goekler at SocialJustice@uussd.

      Categories: Film | Health & Wellness | Politics & Activism

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