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In 2001, Michele Merkel worked as an attorney for the Environmental Protection Agency on a case where farmers were suing huge factory farms for polluting the community’s air and water. When the EPA sided with the giant corporations, she quit.
As Michele puts it, “I quit my job at EPA because I couldn’t do my job — and now I sue them.”
Michele now serves as co-director of the Food & Water Justice Project at Food & Water Watch, working to force our government and the EPA to protect our water and air from factory farms — as they are mandated to do.
Our political leaders have reshaped our nation’s policies, regulations, and laws to benefit a handful of corporations that now control almost every aspect of our food system. Across the country, small family farms are being replaced by large industrial factory farms. And the Environmental Protection Agency has increasingly protected these corporate polluters over farmers and their families suffering from pollution.
In this video, Michel Merkel tells us how we can reverse this trend.