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Humane Meat

Kathy Freston | Posted 09.11.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathy Freston

It's difficult to imagine how any approach to meat production could be worse than factory farming as it is currently practiced in this country.

Building a Humane Economy

Josh Tetrick | Posted 09.10.2011 | Green
Josh Tetrick

Compassion now has a market. And we're seeing even wider cracks in the system of factory farming, including this week's historic agreement between the Humane Society of the United States and the egg industry.

New Undercover Footage Of Gruesome Pig Abuse

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 08.29.2011 | Home

Animal rights group Mercy For Animals has released ghastly undercover footage of pig abuse at Iowa Select, an industrial farm that supplies pork to Kr...

Perdue Tries To Improve Perception Of Chicken With New Campaign

Posted 08.28.2011 | Home

Perdue is launching a new national television ad campaign that focuses on the slogan "We Believe in a Better Chicken." In the TV spots, the viewers ca...

Farm Dreams: If You're Not on the Land You Love...

Linda Buzzell | Posted 08.28.2011 | Green
Linda Buzzell

Remember that old song: "If you're not with the one you love, love the one you're with"? The words keep running through my mind as I listen to many of our friends who dream of someday owning traditional farms and farmland.

Dog: The Other White Meat

Josh Tetrick | Posted 08.26.2011 | Home
Josh Tetrick

Why save dogs, but eat other animals? Pigs are more intelligent. They can dream, recognize their own names, fetch a tennis ball, and lead social lives of a complexity previously observed only in primates. Some even enjoy cuddling.

41,000 Petition Against Undercover Farm Video Ban

Des Moines Register Staff Blogs | by William Petroski | Posted 08.24.2011 | Home

A well-known Iowa City chef provided the Iowa Legislature today with a petition with 41,000 names in opposition to a bill that would criminalize under...

Where Are You?

Josh Tetrick | Posted 08.22.2011 | Home
Josh Tetrick

Where are you? Three rows of masks hang on the wall. Barbed-wire encircles the building. Enormous sets of fans bang. Machines power on intermittently...

Humane Meat Is the Solution to What, Again?

Nil Zacharias | Posted 08.21.2011 | Home
Nil Zacharias

No one can deny that it's better to be less cruel in the ways we confine and kill animals (if we are going to kill and eat them anyway), but if we're interested in long-term change, we can't look at killing with kindness or gratitude as a solution in itself.

Factory Farming Is Manufacturing Superbugs -- and Endangering Us All

Johann Hari | Posted 08.17.2011 | Green
Johann Hari

The squandering of life-saving antibiotics is one example of a bigger trend hijacking global politics. Small groups of rich people, determined to maximize profits, are buying or bamboozling politicians into serving their interests and into ignoring ours.

This Little Piggy Went to Market...

J Henry Fair | Posted 08.14.2011 | Green
J Henry Fair

In a seminal piece of writing, and a turning point in American journalism, Upton Sinclair exposed the atrocities of the meat-packing industry, which c...

The High Cost Of Cheap Meat

The New York Times | Posted 08.03.2011 | Home

The point of factory farming is cheap meat, made possible by confining large numbers of animals in small spaces. Perhaps the greatest hidden cost is i...

Ag Gag 2011: What Does Agribusiness Have to Hide in Iowa?

Dave Murphy | Posted 07.29.2011 | Home
Dave Murphy

Passing poorly conceived bills that limit Americans' freedoms and place an iron curtain between farmers and consumers is certain to backfire, only drawing more attention to agricultural practices.

Sustainability is for People, Too: Why We Need Fair Labor Rights in Organic Farming

Jim Cochran | Posted 07.17.2011 | Green
Jim Cochran

Our global, industrial food system is causing a slow erosion of the rich complexity that used to exist in farming communities around the world.

Save the Bay, Save Your Life

Neal Barnard, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2011 | Home
Neal Barnard, M.D.

If we eat grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits directly, instead of using grains to fatten animals, we could cut down on land use and pollution.

Factory Farms: Is it Time To Put CAFOs Out to Pasture? (Video)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 07.16.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

The primary purpose of a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation is to feed livestock and prepare them as quickly and inexpensively as possible for slaughter.

Don't Cover Up Animal Cruelty

Cloris Leachman | Posted 06.27.2011 | Green
Cloris Leachman

A new bill in the Iowa State Legislature would make it illegal to photograph farmed animals without first getting permission from the farmer. What are they trying to hide?

Green News Report: April 21, 2011 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.21.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: It's hard...

Green News Report: April 19, 2011 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.19.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Big victo...

Yet Another Reason To Go Meatless On Earth Day -- And Every Other Day

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

Just in time for Earth Day, European scientists released a groundbreaking report linking meat consumption to nitrogen pollution. Nitrogen pollution? What on earth is nitrogen pollution?

Drug-Resistant Bacteria in Half Your Meat? Time for Congress to Act

David Kirby | Posted 06.15.2011 | Home
David Kirby

Maybe now the average American consumer will finally take note, and demand that Congress do something. Candidate Obama ran in support of an antibiotic ban in 2008, but has done little to advance the cause since then.

Does Factory Farming Have a Future?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 06.13.2011 | Home
Kerry Trueman

Most people like meat and want to eat it, and do so the minute they get enough money to buy it. I think a more realistic question is this: Can factory farming be done better?

No Quick Subsidies Fix for Food System

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 06.04.2011 | Home
Wenonah Hauter

From chefs and policy wonks to teachers and bloggers, everyone interested in food has an opinion on subsidies and how to craft the 2012 Farm Bill.

Are Regulations for Sustainable Fish Farming Just a Red Herring?

Regina Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Regina Weiss

Ocean fish farms, enormous submerged cages filled with highly concentrated groups of live fish, are essentially the factory farms of the sea.

Green News Report: March 17, 2011 (Audio)

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

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Crisis i...