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Industrial Farming

The C-Word: Why Compromise Shouldn't Be A Dirty Word In Agriculture

Sophie Mendelson | Posted 10.29.2016 | Green
Sophie Mendelson

It's not acceptable to fail to grow enough food to meet demand, but neither is it acceptable to cripple already stressed ecosystems and water sources with substances that are known to be harmful.

The Forgotten Farmers

Stefanie Sacks, MS, CNS, CDN | Posted 05.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Stefanie Sacks, MS, CNS, CDN

While I advocate for organic food, I see a rising obsession for certified USDA Organic that is alarming. In other words, anything that doesn't have the organic seal is rejected as "poisonous garbage," and the farmers who produced it labeled as "evil."

Let's #OpentheBarns to Transparency

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 05.27.2015 | 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.

Inside The Foie Gras Wars

Eve Turow Paul | Posted 05.12.2015 | Green
Eve Turow Paul

Is foie gras cruel or couture? Should we be force-feeding ducks to appease the stomachs of high-end diners? Or are there better areas to be placing our energies when it comes to animal cruelty?

Do Animals Need a UN Ambassador?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.03.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

As a matter of animal welfare/rights, cruelty/abuse should have the same meaning for a dog in China as the U.S. Identifying animals by their nationality stretches sovereignty -- people can be rabidly nationalistic but dogs cannot.

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?

The Wrong -- and Right -- Solution For Feeding 9 Billion People

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 06.25.2014 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

The five steps (freeze agriculture's footprint, grow more on existing farms, use resources more efficiently, shift diets, reduce waste) are all good technological fixes, none of which are terribly complicated. So if they are so great, why aren't we implementing them?

One Solution to Climate Change and Growing Healthier Food Is Right Under Our Feet

Barbra Streisand | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green
Barbra Streisand

The critics say we need industrial agriculture to feed the growing population of the world. We're told that we cannot go back to natural, regenerative, organic farming as the way we grow our food. In short, this isn't true.

A Tribute to Lady Gaga, the World's Bravest Rooster

Maria Rodale | Posted 04.27.2014 | Green
Maria Rodale

I'll never forget where I was the day I heard Lady Gaga crow for the first time. Not the singer, but my chicken, a particularly beautiful little guy with flashy feathers and a gorgeous, larger-than-life swagger.

Problems Persist After Smithfield Sells Out to Shuanghui; Future Remains Uncertain

Marc Yaggi | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Marc Yaggi

Will Shuanghui stand up to the challenge and lead this industry into a clean future? Only time will tell - but the clock is ticking!

Connecting the Dots: GMOs and Our Food Future

Kristin Wartman | Posted 05.26.2013 | Green
Kristin Wartman

To say that GMO crops pose no threat to consumers when their use is clearly debilitating this vital butterfly species, is a careless misrepresentation of the long-term effects these novel crops are having on our food systems and perhaps the very foundation of a secure food future.

You and Your Terrifying Orange Juice

Mark Morford | Posted 04.17.2013 | Green
Mark Morford

Few humans on earth fully grasp the scale and scope of America's dystopian industrial food production systems anymore, much less how those mega-systems are bleeding over to the rest of the world and changing not only what and how we eat, but how we think about food.

Organic Food: Can You Trust the Buzz?

American Anthropological Association | Posted 01.07.2013 | Home
American Anthropological Association

Organics fans usually have lots of great stuff to say about their food! However, the government doesn't regulate word-of-mouth advertising, so can shoppers really trust the buzz?

Farm To Fork Across America: Linus Pauling Institute -- It's All About Science

Julie Ann Fineman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Home
Julie Ann Fineman

Our discussions raised critical questions: How do conventional and organic farming and manufacturing processes impact food quality? What toxins are present in raw and processed products? How does milling and cooking alter nutrient composition?

Oh My God, America, Please Do Not Eat This

Mark Morford | Posted 04.01.2012 | Home
Mark Morford

For the love of God and guns, sex and sunlight, iPhones and puppies and all that you hold dear, please please please do not eat this new and completely repulsive food-like item you see before you. Can't you see it's made of chemicals and fat and dead, lost dreams?

Can We Change Where Our Food Comes From?

The New York Times | Posted 01.03.2012 | Green

I’m not a jingoist, but I’d prefer that more of my food came from America. It’d be even better, really, if most of it came from within a few hun...

Rotten Eggs: HSUS and United Egg Producers Enter Agreement That Bird Cages Are Here to Stay

Andrew Gunther | Posted 09.13.2011 | Home
Andrew Gunther

The latest agreement between HSUS and UEP appears to offer little in terms of animal welfare, yet much in terms of positive PR.

Farm Subsidies Paid to the Members of the 112th Congress

Donald Carr | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Donald Carr

It's indefensible to provide subsidies to well-off farmers and landowners, especially in the face of a booming farm economy and a federal budget squeeze.

Is Big Beautiful?

Ben Grossman-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ben Grossman-Cohen

If we direct our resources toward the modes of production that most efficiently boost levels of food, and the livelihoods of the rural poor, we will meet the challenges of both production and access.

PHOTOS: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

Dan Imhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dan Imhoff

CAFOs are a perverse inversion of our idea of family farms with pigs rolling in the mud, cows grazing in pastures, roosters crowing from fence posts, and farmers interacting with the animals.

Unkillable Bacteria: Where Eating Meat Meets Pound Of Flesh

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

For the sake of our health, the ethical treatment of fellow creatures and the hope that our antibiotics will work as intended when we need it -- we should eat less meat, more plants.

Michelle Obama Can Lead a Global Movement for Organic Food

Devinder Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Devinder Sharma

An environmentally devastating food production system, sustained by massive farm subsidies, has played havoc with human health and exacerbated global temperatures.

Rebuilding and Revitalizing America's Rural Communities

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

There is more potential for economic growth in rural American than at any time in decades; we just need to embrace new strategies to help create a thriving rural economy.

Farmers in Missouri Win a Battle with a Hog Production Giant

Dr. John Salerno | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. John Salerno

Factory farm advocates argue that their pork is affordable for working families. But who will pay the health care and cleanup costs that will inevitably result from meat full of growth hormones and antibiotics?

The Farm Bureau: Denying Climate Change, Undermining Labor and Losing Relevancy in 2010

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

It is time to revalue the farming profession and rebuild our communities again. It is time to break up the 10,000 acre farms into one hundred plots, and plant young people in the countryside.