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The Modern Savage: A New Book Questions Why We Eat Animals

Marc Bekoff | Posted 04.09.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Dr. James McWilliams' new book called The Modern Savage: Our Unthinking Decision to Eat Animals is a very thoughtful work about our meal plans in which he covers the ecological and ethical reasons for not eating nonhuman animals.

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.

Lynne Peeples

A Menacing Mix In Antibiotic Resistance: Herbicides, Heavy Metals And Factory Farms

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green

Two common Big Agriculture production practices -- feeding antibiotics to livestock and spraying herbicides on conventional crops -- each face condemn...

Scalding Live Chickens Is Business as Usual on Factory Farms

Marc Bekoff | Posted 03.19.2015 | Green
Marc Bekoff

Billions of food animals suffer the most enduring and deep pain as they're brutalized to become meals, and we must stop this heinous treatment right now.

The Meatrix: Relaunched

Chris Hunt | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
Chris Hunt

GRACE is releasing the 10-year-anniversary version of The Meatrix not as a self-congratulatory retrospective, but as an urgent call to action. While great strides have been made by sustainable food system advocates, factory farms remain a lamentable reality.

Farm #LikeAGirl? Real Girls Don't Abuse Female Animals

Erica Meier | Posted 02.19.2015 | Green
Erica Meier

In the pork industry and in much of animal agriculture, it's actually the female animals who are the most abused.

USDA's Meat Animal Research Center: An American Horror Story

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

This week, The New York Times published a comprehensive investigation into deplorable animal treatment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC). It's appalling that such activities -- conducted with the goal of helping a private-sector industry turn a higher profit -- are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.

"Food Animals" Brutalized at Federally Funded "Meat Lab" in the Name of Money

Marc Bekoff | Posted 03.22.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

I read a lot about animal abuse, but a recent essay made me ill, and I just want to highlight some of its contents and let you decide how much you want to read and can tolerate. A number of people told me they couldn't make it to the end of the essay absent tears.

Do Cows Moo 'Get Me The Hell Out of Here' on Factory Farms?

Marc Bekoff | Posted 02.22.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

I hope this research will be used to learn just what cows and other animals are trying to tell us, as they are prepared, none too gently or humanely, for human meals.

Saving Your Sanity While Saving the World

Rachel Avalon | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Avalon

Let's keep saving and loving the world while we give ourselves the same gift. Let's strive to infuse joy into every detail possible. At times we'll feel like the world is just too crazy and we'll wonder if we can keep our sanity intact, but we can still rally and transform everything from the inside out.

The Increasing Threat of Factory Farms

Rachel Avalon | Posted 11.12.2014 | Green
Rachel Avalon

With ugly politics and intense greed blocking the way, it's up to us to turn things around and vote with our forks to better protect our own health, each other, and the planet we (as well as countless species) call home.

Are Farm Animals Not Considered Animals?

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 10.25.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Do the over 9 billion animals farmed in the United States each year require less protection? No. Should we allow them to endure extreme cruelty during their lives just because they're destined for slaughter? Certainly not.

Nestlé to Overhaul Farm Animal Treatment Across the Globe

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 10.21.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

The world's largest food company has spoken: Cruelty on factory farms has got to go.

The Overlooked Plight of Factory Farm Workers

Lucas Spangher | Posted 10.18.2014 | Green
Lucas Spangher

We need to take a step back and ask why the events in Tyson's video occurred. To me, the data seems clear: We can no longer afford to treat this case as an isolated incident, but rather as part of a dangerous trend.

Betting on Resilience: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

'Right to Farm' or Right to Funnel Illegal Money Into Missouri Campaign?

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 10.01.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Under federal law, farmers of certain commodities (including beef, pork and soybeans) are required to pay a percentage of their sales into a check-off fund. These funds are intended to be used to promote the sale of farm products -- not to lobby for state or federal legislation or ballot measures.

Seeds Mean Freedom: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.26.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Show Me the Money: Corporate Ag Bankrolling Missouri's Amendment 1

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 09.27.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

What would Amendment 1 mean in practical terms? Assuming the worst-case scenario:The state could not restrict foreign ownership of factory farms, or impose standards for animal care on these megafactories. That should concern every family farmer.

Why Choose Organic Milk?

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 09.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

The dairy industry markets it as "nature's perfect food," but hormones in conventional milk have been linked to cancer. However, many studies show nutritional benefits to drinking milk -- especially for kids. What's the answer? Organic milk!

Something Like Meat But Not Meat

Mark Morford | Posted 08.11.2014 | Home
Mark Morford

Did you know six states have now made it a crime to film or take photos of activities in any industrial slaughterhouse or megafarm factory floor?

Why English Eggs Are Way Different From American Ones

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 08.26.2014 | Taste

Not all eggs are created equal.

Farmland and Fed Up: Two Documentaries, Two Reactions From Big Food

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.23.2014 | Green
Jonathan Kim

With these movies, we see two reactions by Big Agriculture and Big Food to documentaries sounding the alarm about America's systemic problems with food, from how it's produced, marketed, and regulated to its final impact on eaters suffering from a growing list of ailments. But both responses are ultimately problematic.

National Climate Assessment: Uniting Animal and Environmental Concerns

Stephen Wells | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Stephen Wells

The consequences of climate change -- like rising sea levels and extreme weather events -- are already worse than projected. As a result, the report predicts that we will all feel the impact of climate change within our lifetimes.

Making the World a Better Place for Chickens (or Maybe Not So Much)

Ken White | Posted 06.08.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

The concept was simple and, I believe, both reasonable and good: that is, these birds, typically kept alive for about 2 years, ought to have enough space to be able to move around more freely with room to stand up, sit down, and fully extend wings.

USDA: Selling Out Organic to Protect Five Factory Farms

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

The USDA's decision doesn't just violate our moral intuitions and the expectations of organic consumers; it also violates the Department's legal mandate in at least two distinct ways.