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The American Diet: 53 Gallons of Soda, 42 Pounds of Corn Syrup, 200 Pounds of Meat

Organic | Posted 11.21.2011 | Home

The average American eats. A lot. As a new infographic points out, per year, food intake per person can amount to some 200 pounds of meat, 85 pounds of fat, 415 pounds of vegetables, 31 pounds of cheese, 53 gallons of soda and 42 pounds of high fructose corn syrup.

Lynne Peeples

Superbugs Are Still Winning: Second Cargill Recall Underscores Concern, GAO Report Suggests Feds Aren't Doing Enough | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.15.2011 | Green

Just days after Cargill announced its second major recall in the last two months of ground turkey linked to antibiotic-resistant salmonella, a new re...

McLab Burgers Coming Soon? New Advances in Lab-Grown Meat Technology Say Yes

Organic | Posted 11.15.2011 | Home

Eating meat grown in labs rather than from the carcass of a once living cow, pig or chicken is inching closer to reality every day as scientists have agreed to some key positions concerning issues surrounding cultured meat production.

'Green News Report' - September 13, 2011

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.13.2011 | 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: Record U.S....

NASCAR Driver Joins Race To Protect Farm Animals

Posted 10.16.2011 | Green

It may seem like an unlikely partnership, but in the race to protect animals from the abuses of factory farms, NASCAR driver Andy Lally and TRG driver...

Alien Nation

Ari Solomon | Posted 10.16.2011 | Green
Ari Solomon

As a nation, we're obsessed with aliens -- and I'm not just talking about the anti-immigrant rants of the GOP. I'm talking about the insect-like, nast...

Lynne Peeples

Farm-acology 101: Doctors Take Aim At Antibiotic Resistance From Factory Farms | Lynne Peeples | Posted 10.16.2011 | Green

"Here's the big secret that no one wants to talk about: We're not very good at keeping what's inside a cow's intestines out of the meat." The roomf...

Why Martin Luther King's Son Doesn't Eat Meat

Josh Tetrick | Posted 10.07.2011 | Green
Josh Tetrick

We might feel anger by the comparison implicit in invoking racism and animal protection. After all, Nelson Mandela didn't move the nation of South Africa to secure the rights of mother pigs or egg-laying chickens.

Undercover Investigation of a Dog Factory Farm

Josh Tetrick | Posted 09.11.2011 | Green
Josh Tetrick

Last week, the animal protection organization Mercy For Animals released a video taken undercover by an employee wearing a hidden camera at a dog fact...

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.