Karen Hudson

Families Against Rural Messes

Karen Hudson lives on a fifth generation family farm in West Central Illinois.  She founded F.A.R.M. (Families Against Rural Messes), a grassroots group in Illinois that opposes CAFO’s (concentrated animal feeding operations) and their impacts.  She is co-founder of ICCAW (Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water) and President of the DEA (Dairy Education Alliance). She works as an environmental consultant to the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project.  Karen was appointed to the Illinois House/Senate Joint Livestock Advisory Committee in 1997 to review laws in Illinois. Karen was a board member of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance for nine years. Her work has been covered by the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Democracy Now, NPR, and numerous state, national and local media throughout the years.  Karen is one of three major activists portrayed in the recent 2010 book Animal Factory, written by bestselling New York Times author David Kirby.