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VIDEO: Vote Against Corporate Agribusiness

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Cesca

Issue 2 will amend Ohio's state constitution to create a small regulatory panel to oversee all of Ohio's livestock. Corporate agribusinesses love the idea, but family farms will be crushed.

The Moral Ferocity of Eating Animals

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dr. Andrew Weil

If you eat meat from factories you have not absorbed the reality of factory farms. If you truly understood what happens inside these windowless animal jails and abattoirs, you simply would not eat this meat.

Reflections on The National Parks Series and Reform

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Over time, I am confident that most of the people who stand in the way of moral progress will be forgotten, just like most of the individuals who stood in the way of John Muir and Steven Mather.

Ezra Klein: Just Say No to Antibacterial Burgers

washingtonpost.com | Ezra Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

When you give antibiotics to animals meant to become food, however, you're ensuring that antibiotics end up in the food in low but constant doses. Tha...

Farm Runoff Pollutes Drinking Water, Sickening People Nationwide

nytimes.com | CHARLES DUHIGG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In Morrison, more than 100 wells were polluted by agricultural runoff within a few months, according to local officials. As parasites and bacteria see...

International House of Pain for Egg-Laying Hens

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Animal welfare should be part of the Corporate Social Responsibility portfolio for any major corporation, and increasingly, companies are heeding the call.

Feds to Release Plan to Clean Up Chesapeake Bay

Nancy Stoner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nancy Stoner

The Chesapeake Bay watershed spans portions of six states and more than 60,000 square miles. The only way to clean up the Bay is to get all of those states to work at home to clean up the streams.

Time Magazine Digs Into America's Food Crisis -- And How To Fix It

TIME | Bryan Walsh Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

We don't have the luxury of philosophizing about food. With the exhaustion of the soil, the impact of global warming and the inevitably rising price o...

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!

California Dreamin' Becoming Reality

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Markarian

When California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 2, banning the extreme confinement of animals on industrial factory farms, they sent the message loud and clear.

Closing the Farm to Plate Knowledge Gap

Rob Smart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Smart

Consumer advocates for sustainable, healthy food are fighting with farmers, not because either picked a fight with the other, but because the knowledge gap between them has grown so expansive.

You Are What You Eat: Food Inc. Brings Food to the Forefront

Tracy Hepler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tracy Hepler

Looking at today's society it seems clear that when it comes to our food and nutrition, our priorities are out of whack. We need a wake up call and Food, Inc. is just that.

Step One, Hone the Ask: Why We Should Better Regulate CAFOs

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

We've been blaming consumers for their desire to eat lots of meat as an excuse for the unsafe and inhumane practices at CAFOs, which contribute to environmental degradation, our healthcare crisis and impact the safety of our food.

Abraham Lincoln's Vegetarian Address

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

"Four score and seven meals ago my conscience brought forth to the anti-rebel north a new diet conceived in kindness and dedicated to the proposition that all animals are created equal.

It Stinks to High Heaven

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Javier Sierra

The Mexican meat industry generates 130 million tons of fecal and urine matter each year, which often ends up in rivers and on coasts causing terrible environmental damage.

Message to Obama: Bust-up the Agribusiness Trusts

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Cargill, ADM, Monsanto, Tyson and Smithfield are probably breaking the law, and that law needs to be enforced.

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.

Green News Report - May 7, 2009 (Audio)

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

In Today's Audio Report: Fires and bats and bears -- Oh My!; Congress to offer Cash For Clunkers; Some Democrats side with Republicans in stalling cli...

Let's Ask Marion Nestle: Did Oprah's KFC Giveaway Do Us Any Favors?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

Dr. Nestle: "My conclusion: the grilled chicken option is about marketing, not health. The proof? Oprah talked about it."

Oprah Gives Out Free KFC in Most Hypocritical Move Yet

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Oprah has decided to bolster one of America's worst offenders when it comes to support for factory farming, KFC, by giving away two pieces of chicken to every human in America.

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...

Our Hunger for Cheap Meat Has Created Swine Flu

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

We always knew that factory farms were a scar on humanity's conscience -- but now we know they are a scar on our health.

Mexican Lawmaker: Factory Farms Are "Breeding Grounds" of Swine Flu Pandemic

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Kirby

We do know that Mexican pigs with swine flu are being destroyed. And we know that Mexican lawmakers think that confined animal feeding operations are making people sick.

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.

Are Contrarians Helping or Hurting the Food Movement? Pork Op-Ed in NYT a Shill for Big Ag

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

It seems that the New York Times, in its desperation to sell papers, fell into the trap of story building over truth-finding.