Are the CAFOs winning or losing? The jury is still out on this question.
Although litigation is the most expensive way to fight the incursion of factory farms, many communities are opting to go that route, neighbors figuring that if they are facing a major reduction in property values, they might as well spend to change the plans of Big Pig (or Big Cow, Big Poultry, Big Dairy, etc.).
CAFOZONE was not able to locate an inclusive list of law precedents, but there are articles galore on the internet about cases that are in process or have been settled. Big Ag fights back by changing laws. In Missouri, for example, Big Ag was able to get a bill passed to change the Clean Water Commission, the group supposedly committed to protecting the EPA’s Clean Water Act. After the CWC denied permits to a couple of CAFOs, lawmakers changed the nature of the CWC. Before their changes the CWC included citizens with an interest in protecting MIssouri’s water. After the change, old members were removed so that the CWC now includes mostly puppets of Big Ag.
There are lawsuits going on in several states, including a challenge to MIssouri’s CWC makeup. Here are links to some of the most recent lawsuits: