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Victory at Smithfields: An Independence Day Symbol

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jonathan Tasini

When I think about what these workers went through -- the struggle, the fight, the commitment that held them together over so many dark days -- this is the America that inspires me.

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...

Why the Swine Flu is My Fault

Elissa Altman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elissa Altman

Someone recently said that good food produced from healthy animals who have been treated fairly, humanely, and kindly is expensive, and it should be. ...

Let's Ask Marion Nestle: Who Needs Bioterrorism When We've Got Manure Lagoons?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

Nestle: "Our report fully documented how confined animal feeding operations promote transmission of nasty -- and often antibiotic resistant -- microbial diseases."

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.

Smithfield Foods Restructure Plan: Job Cuts, Factory Closings

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The nation's largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods Inc., said Tuesday it plans to close six factories and cut 1,800 jobs to streamline its pork busi...

Ad Wars: Dr. Evil vs. Unions Over Employee Free Choice Act

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Art Levine

There is a savvy, if deceptive, ad blitz against the Employee Free Choice Act led in part by Richard Berman, whose specialty is attacking public interest organizations, including MADD.

Making Sense of the Muckslinging

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Markarian

Factory farm executives see the writing on the wall, and they know they can no longer get away with treating animals like commodities -- like nothing more than meat-producing machines.

Russia Frees 12 Georgians, Request For China's Support Rebuffed

AP | STEVE GUTTERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Thursday of instigating the fighting in Georgia and said he suspects...

America's Middle Class Needs Right to Bargain, Secure Contracts -- Like CEOs Have

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

When uninsured Wal-Mart workers get sick, American taxpayers foot the bill. They pay for coverage through Medicaid, the health insurance plan for the poor. That's what the Walton family, which owns Wal-Mart, banks on.

Ruin Your Barbecue: Learn About The Industry!

Footnoted | Michelle Leder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As we head into the Fourth of July holiday and what will no doubt be a weekend full of BBQs, I can't seem to get a number that I saw in the 10K that S...

Brazilian Co. Buying US Beef Processors

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — National Beef Packing Co., the nation's fourth-largest beef processor, said Tuesday it is being acquired by Brazilian giant J...

PETA: Smithfield Meat Company Practices Animal Cruelty

Reuters Via Yahoo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said it had documented cruelty to pigs at a supplier for U.S. meat company Smithfield Foods Inc. After an...