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The Obama Administration and Food, Year One

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

A year after Obama's election, advocates hoping for deep improvements in our food system can point to only a few successes, while other policies that could lead to food insecurity are brewing in back rooms.

Jonathan Safran Foer Argues Modern Pork Production Created H1N1

nytimes.com | Leora Broydo Vestel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

During his chat with Ms. DeGeneres, who is an advocate of veganism, Mr. Safran Foer said factory farming created swine flu....

Halloween Horror: Cattle Fed Chicken Poop and Recycled Cow Remains

Naomi Starkman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Naomi Starkman

Feeding cattle chicken litter is everyday practice in feedlots. Surprisingly, this unhealthy and inhumane practice is legal and poorly monitored, creating unacceptable risks to human and animal health.

Unchecked Swine Flu, (Sick?) CAFO Workers and Lax Regulation, Oh My

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Now, as the World Health Organization expects a second wave of the flu to hit the northern hemisphere in the fall, it is worth considering some of the looming questions on how CAFOs could be contributing to the occurrence of disease.

Green News Report - July 21, 2009 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

Obama to ban antibiotics?; Mining the Grand Canyon; Chevron refuses to pay for environmental damage; The bulb is back.... PLUS: Wal-Mart going green!

Food, Inc.: The Silence of the Yams

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

Robbie Kenner didn't mean to make a horror film when he started working on Food, Inc.. But you can't shine a light on our food chain without exposing some ugly truths.

Not Swine Flu, Not H1N1 Virus -- Introducing Factory Farm Flu 1

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

The name Factory Farm Flu 1 is less than accurate; many diseases have been transmitted from animals to humans by Confined Animal Feeding Operations. But we have to start somewhere.

Swine Flu May Have Evolved At US Hog Farms

Grist, WSJ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

With swine flu panic sweeping the globe, scientists appear to finally be getting closer to determining its origin -- and it's not quite as clear-cut a...

Doth Smithfield Protest Too Much? Swine Flu Brings Focus to Factory Farm Practices

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Leslie Hatfield

As I wrote earlier this week, the virus formerly known as the swine flu (although the CDC continues to say that indeed the H1N1 strain does, as initia...

Reuters Mangles Flu Story and Blasts "Wild Theories" About "Evil Factory Farms"

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Kirby

It's entirely possible that the Smithfield facility at La Gloria had nothing to do with this outbreak. But it's not exactly a "wild theory" -- Smithfield pigs are being tested for the new H1N1 strain as I write this.

Swine Flu Counter: US Cases, Sorted By State

Center For Disease Control | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The outbreak of disease in people caused by a new influenza virus of swine origin continues to grow in the United States and internationally. Today, C...

Green News Report - April 28, 2009 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: Swine flu protection, nuthin' but pork, said the Republicans; California's new fuel regulations threaten corn ethanol; Does ...

Let's Ask Marion Nestle: Who Needs Bioterrorism When We've Got Manure Lagoons?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

Nestle: "Our report fully documented how confined animal feeding operations promote transmission of nasty -- and often antibiotic resistant -- microbial diseases."

Swine Flu Outbreak -- Nature Biting Back at Industrial Animal Production?

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Kirby

A deadly new influenza virus has managed to jump from pigs to people in a previously unseen mutated form that can readily spread among humans. How could this happen? There are several plausible explanations.

Change We Can Believe In, or a Second Helping of the Same-Old?

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

I hate to put a damper on your inaugural enthusiasm, but the time to act is now if we hope to at least have someone with an interest in building a better food system at the table.