Hudson, Karen

​In the mid-1990s Karen Hudson became committed to stopping the spread of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) when a corporation sought to establish a large hog farm near where she lived. Karen founded Families Against Rural Messes (FARM), a grassroots group in Illinois that opposes CAFOs and their impacts. She is also co-founder of Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water (ICCAW), a state-wide coalition of family farmers and community groups advocating for sound policies and practices that protect the environment, human health, and rural quality of life from the impacts of large-scale industrialized livestock production facilities in Illinois.