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Let's #OpentheBarns to Transparency

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.30.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

As Big Ag continues its efforts to conceal the truth about how animals suffer on factory farms, the ASPCA and advocates continue our counterattack to protect the public's right to know what goes on there.

Dispatch: 'Growing a New America: Detox Diet, the Future of Food, and How to Be Happy and Healthy'

Miriam Ava | Posted 03.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Miriam Ava

I'm Miriam Ava, the ambassador of good taste. I share messages that matter, one Dispatch at a time. The launch of Dr. Mark Hyman's latest book The ...

A New Wave Of Democracy, And How Corporations Are Trying To Silence Your Voice And Your Choice

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Andrew Kimbrell

Too often democracy has meant voting every couple of years for a candidate that is "the lesser of two evils." But now, citizens and their representatives all across the country are voting directly on major social and technology issues that impact their families and neighborhoods.

The Clean Water Act 42 Years Later

Margie Alt | Posted 12.28.2014 | Green
Margie Alt

No longer a fire hazard, Cleveland's Cuyahoga River is now home to wildlife. The Boston Harbor has gone from "Dirtiest in America" to a "Great American Jewel." And the Willamette River in Oregon has stopped serving the role of public sewer.

GMOs Expose Dangerous Science Disconnect in Agriculture

Donald Carr | Posted 12.25.2014 | Green
Donald Carr

A huge gulf exists in farmer attitudes toward science. Growers clearly accept the scientific evidence that modified food is safe while rejecting the scientific evidence that climate change is real and caused by human activity. And this chasm is driven by simple economics. One finding makes farmers money, but the other doesn't -- yet.

Don't Think of a Clean River

Margie Alt | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Margie Alt

Americans care about our rivers, from the Hudson to the Mississippi to the Colorado. We fish in them, swim in them, paddle in them. They're where we take our kids to summer camp. They provide us with drinking water.

Why The Makers of Animal Growth Hormones Shouldn't Control the Hunger Debate

Andy Bellatti | Posted 08.23.2014 | Green
Andy Bellatti

As long as the conversation about world hunger continues to center around -- and be dominated by -- the myth that we are not growing enough food, we can expect the problem to get worse.

There Is a Way to Stop Tragic Livestock Fires

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 05.04.2014 | Green
Martha Rosenberg

This week more than 1,000 hogs were killed by a fire at the farm near the Carroll County community of Cutler in Central Indiana.

'Farmed and Dangerous': The Food Emperor's New Clothes

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 05.03.2014 | Home
Eric Holt Gimenez

Whether Farmed and Dangerous is a successful marketing ploy for Chipotle depends on just how unbelievable Big Ag has become.

It's Time for Factory Farms to Pay Their Fair Share

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Big chicken processing companies generate 1.5 billion pounds of fowl waste annually in Delmarva (the Delaware, Maryland, Virginia tri-state area), and...

Stop Feeding the Beast and Start Feeding the People

Maria Rodale | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green
Maria Rodale

by Coach Mark Smallwood, executive director at Rodale Institute Have you ever wondered how anyone makes any money on a $2.00 bag of nacho-cheese-fl...

What's in the 2014 Farm Bill?

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

The ultimate deal was far from perfect, but it reflects the growing power of the food movement and it just might hint at the beginnings of a new direction for American agriculture.

USDA Greenlights Dow's 2,4-D Seeds

Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman | Posted 03.19.2014 | Home
Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman

USDA welcomed in the new year by presenting Dow AgroSciences with a bountiful gift: a virtual green light for the pesticide company's new genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybean seeds. These crops are designed specifically to be used with Dow's infamous herbicide, 2,4-D.

'Big Ag' Is Feeding My Family

Nicole Patterson | Posted 03.16.2014 | Home
Nicole Patterson

We are getting closer -- closer to me finishing school, and closer to the wedding. But something even closer than that will happen within the next few...

The Peterson Farm Brothers Are Giving A Face to Big-Ag

Food Politic | Posted 03.09.2014 | Home
Food Politic

If farmers want the public to understand and respect their work, that needs to change.

New Year's Resolutions For Big Food

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 05.02.2014 | Green

It was a big year for Big Food. More fast food chains pledged to stop using gestation crates. Country of origin rules -- mandating that meat suppliers...

Farm Bill Could Overturn States' Progress In Humane Agriculture

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green

A proposed amendment to the $1 trillion federal farm bill is of concern to both states’ rights and humane farming advocates as Congress looks to fin...

Washingtonians Fight for GMO Labeling

Carl Gibson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Green
Carl Gibson

This November, voters in Washington State will get to decide whether or not people should have the right to know if there are genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in the food they buy when they vote on Initiative 522.

Where Did All the Farmers Go?

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 10.18.2013 | Green
Michael Rosenblum

Sometimes you get a confluence of things you read that give you a new insight into the way things work.

Is Animal Treatment on Farms Our Business?

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 08.16.2013 | Green
Martha Rosenberg

Animal rights activists, with the help of miniaturized cameras and the Web, have forced farm animal treatment onto the national front page with a parade of cruel, upsetting and gruesome exposes. To capture the farm verite all they often have to do is get hired at a factory farm or slaughterhouse.

North Carolina Takes a Hint and Ag Gag Takes a Hit

Food Integrity Campaign | Posted 08.07.2013 | Green
Food Integrity Campaign

Yes, undercover video of abuse and misconduct has an impact on company bottom lines. I get that. But the answer is not having private interests lobby state legislators to help you commit crimes without consequence.

Organic Raisin Farmers Fight Back Against Big Ag, USDA

Zach Weissmueller | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Zach Weissmueller

Every year, the Hornes plant seeds, tie vines, harvest fruit, and place grapes in paper trays to create sun-dried raisins. And every year, the federal government prevents them from bringing their full harvest to market.

Why We Need the Farm Bill

Dr. Oran Hesterman | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Dr. Oran Hesterman

There is no need more basic than food, and there is no legislation with a bigger impact on our nation's nutrition than the Farm Bill.

God Did Not Write the Farm Bill

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 07.19.2013 | Green
Elizabeth Kucinich

Don't want a children's toy containing lead paint manufactured with child labor in your state? Congressman King and the House Agriculture Committee say "tough." Want the workers in your state to have a better chance? Your state won't have the right to choose. The Feds are encroaching.

Weeding Corporate Power out of Agricultural Policies: Communities Mobilize for Food and Farm Justice

Beverly Bell | Posted 06.29.2013 | Green
Beverly Bell

It regulates agricultural subsidies, food stamps, school lunch programs, rural conservation, and much more. Given the heavy impact this set of laws has on our daily lives, more and more people are asserting the need for public participation in crafting the legislation.