Local residents have been hearing murmurs about protesters in and around Iowa Falls for the past several weeks. Iowa Falls isn’t exactly unique in that respect right now – but the reason behind the protests is. The Times Citizen reported Monday on Direction Action Everywhere, an animal rights activist group based in California that turned up downtown toting signs to - in the words of organizer Curtis Vollmar - “raise awareness about people’s food choices.”

There are bones to be picked with corporate agriculture’s methods and environmental impact. There are legitimate arguments to be made and discussions to be had. The Times Citizen has covered these issues through its reporting on local government, the hog industry, and the regular discussions around rural water and air quality. Concerned citizens have had their opinions printed on this page and others, and they’ve spoken directly to boards and representatives, as well as with their vote.

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