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We're Finally Waking Up To The Horrific Ways We Treat The Animals We Eat

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics

When it comes to animal suffering in the United States, farm animals are in a category of their own. True, hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats are ...

Tyson's Pollution Pathways: from Factory Farms to Fouled Waters

John Rumpler | Posted 07.05.2016 | Green
John Rumpler

With the passing of July 4th, summer is officially in high gear in America. Perhaps more than any other time of year, this is when we enjoy clean wate...

The Bible Is For The Birds

Michael Gilmour | Posted 06.27.2016 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Avian language is everywhere in the Bible. But what, if anything, does it say about ethics? Quite a lot, I suspect. For whatever reason, God does not want humans killing mother birds.

A Tale of Two Nations: Climate Courage & Cowardice

Paul Shapiro | Posted 06.24.2016 | Impact
Paul Shapiro

The climate contrast this week could hardly be starker: China announced an ambitious goal--hailed by climate campaigners--of slashing meat consumption in half. Meanwhile, here in the U.S., a major company apologized for merely tweeting about meat reduction's positive eco-impacts.

7 Secrets to Sustainability: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.08.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we are recognizing seven grantees who each hold key ingredients in understanding project sustainability. In Keny...

Latest HSUS Undercover Investigation Reveals Painful Practices in Egg Industry

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 06.07.2016 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

The HSUS has revealed cruel treatment of egg-laying hens at New England's largest egg producer. The factory farm in question supplies eggs to several states, and is located in Maine.

Is Buying Organic Really Worth It?

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green

Buying organic food typically involves shelling out a premium. But is the extra pinch to the pocket actually worth it? Last week, a Department of Agri...

Grisly Chicken Farm Footage Just Business As Usual, Activists Say

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 05.26.2016 | Green

An undercover investigation at a farm contracted with meat giant Tyson Foods shows horrific treatment of chickens, but what’s most disturbing is tha...

Taking Antibiotics off the Menu

Lauren Compere | Posted 04.21.2016 | Business
Lauren Compere

Antibiotics have revolutionized modern medicine and saved millions of lives around the world. Unfortunately less than 100 years on, we are on the verge of what the World Health Organization has called a "post-antibiotic era" due to the overuse of these important drugs.

Commending Walmart's Cage-Free Commitment

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 04.06.2016 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

This week, Walmart, the largest grocery retailer in the U.S., took a positive step with its announcement to stop carrying shell eggs from hens raised in battery cages by 2025. The ASPCA was proud to work with Walmart on this historic decision.

The Carnivore Castrophe - Eating Our Way Into Oblivion

AJ Hartnett | Posted 03.22.2016 | Green
AJ Hartnett

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." --Michael Pollan I am going to talk hard science, but sometimes I like to use metaphors to tell a story. Im...

Food Justice and Personal Rewilding as Social Movements: Social Justice Mandates Animals Should Not be Treated as Marginalized "Others"

Marc Bekoff | Posted 03.21.2016 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Social and food justice: If you truly believe in social justice you might want to rethink whom you eat In her excellent essay, Dr. Hope Ferdowsian cl...

Why Are We Seeing an Explosion of New Viruses Like Zika?

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 02.01.2016 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

I think we need to change the phrase "breed like rabbits" to "breed like humans," as no other species on this planet even comes close to the human reproduction rate. As our population grows, available land shrinks and more and more people are forced to live in crowded, urbanized environments, a situation ripe for the easy spread and emergence of infectious agents.

5 Reasons Enjoying More Plant-Based Meals Should Be Your New Year's Resolution

Paul Shapiro | Posted 12.30.2015 | Green
Paul Shapiro

Here are five top reasons to embrace the Three Rs -- "reducing" or "replacing" consumption of animal products, and "refining" our diets by choosing products from sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards.

If We’re Going To End Factory Farms, We Need To Eat Way Less Meat

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.27.2015 | Impact

It's the kind of image that is really difficult to forget. A disturbing undercover video shot by an animal rights activist released earlier this month...

It's Time To Clear The Air About Factory Farming And Ag-Gag Laws

Paul Shapiro | Posted 11.13.2015 | Green
Paul Shapiro

You know an industry has much to hide when it wants to criminalize documenting its everyday operations. And, if there was any question before, these recent deaths make it clearer than ever just why Iowa wanted its ag-gag law so much.

Progressive Farming Can Save Us From A Global Food Crisis

Now What | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.06.2015 | Green

We are on the precipice of a global food crisis. The math is simple and staggering: we need to produce at least 50% more food to feed 9 billion people...

Evangelicals Going to the Dogs -- and Cats -- With Major Statement on Animal Welfare

David Briggs | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

This is good news for Fido and Kitty and the remaining lions in Hwange Game Reserve in Zimbabwe. And maybe for the rest of us, say spiritual advocates of animal welfare.

Ending the Overuse of Antibiotics in Food Animals Doesn't Stop With Chicken

Laura Rogers | Posted 09.29.2015 | Science
Laura Rogers

Big players in the food industry (Tyson Foods, Perdue, Chick-fil-A, McDonald's, Costco, Wendy's and Subway) have all made announcements, with varying levels of detail, on their plans to produce and/or source chicken raised with limited or no antibiotics.

The Narcissism Behind Our Use of Animals

Noah Manne | Posted 09.21.2015 | Green
Noah Manne

Narcissism has become a defining feature of the human species. While it is a "sick" way of being in the world, it is maladaptive, not absolute. We each can continue to adapt. By choosing to change the way we think and behave, we each can heal what ails the larger organism of which we are a part so we all can be healthier in all ways.

How Much Bacteria Is in Your Burger?

Chris Hunt | Posted 09.04.2015 | Green
Chris Hunt

Just in time to put a damper on your Labor Day barbecue, the latest edition of Consumer Reports Magazine hit newsstands yesterday with the cover story, "How Safe is Your Ground Beef?" Our two-word summary: Not very.

Clucking Not True

Ken White | Posted 08.31.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

Last Monday's San Francisco Chronicle front page reported a now oft-asserted but completely Bizarro world assertion that California's Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act (2008's Proposition 2 which was passed by the voters and is now law) has made the world a nice place for farmed chickens. Come on.

Inside Mercy for Animals' Farmed Animal Advocacy

Melody Y. Guan | Posted 08.29.2015 | Impact
Melody Y. Guan

Mercy for Animals (MFA) is a national non-profit animal protection organization that exposes farmed animal cruelty, works to eliminate the cruelest factory farming practices and promotes compassionate food choices and policies.

Are Farmers Market Eggs Really Worth It, And Do They Taste Better?

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 08.02.2015 | Taste

Is a $7 or $8 dozen of eggs from the farmers' market worth the cost? It's a complicated question that elicits a touch of science and a whole lot of op...

Labels on Antibiotic-Fed Meat: Fine Print Is Better Than No Print

Stephen Wells | Posted 07.31.2015 | Green
Stephen Wells

Antibiotic use in animal agriculture is increasingly under the microscope as the global emergency of antibiotic resistant diseases grows more severe. A recent study predicted that if bacteria continue to evolve at current rates, in just 35 years, 10 million people a year will die from currently treatable diseases.