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Factory Farming

The 20th Century Called: It's Wondering Why the Pork Industry Never Left

Paul Shapiro | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Paul Shapiro

There'll always be individuals who resist change. But when such resistance comes from an industry, you know that sector's going to have problems. That's exactly what's happening with the pork industry right now, with many of its leaders defending archaic, outdated and cruel practices.

Countdown to Kindness: A Reminder for Each Day of World Vegan Month

Kathy Stevens | Posted 10.30.2014 | Green
Kathy Stevens

Despite celebrations planned from Atlanta, Georgia to Los Angeles, California, few people realize that November is World Vegan Month. So, TA-DA!!!

Starbucks Customers Demand Company Switch To Eggs Laid In Less Cruel Conditions

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 10.15.2014 | Green

A new petition by a nonprofit animal rights group asks Starbucks to stop using eggs produced by hens that live in cramped cages. Though some of th...

Are Farm Animals Not Considered Animals?

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 10.25.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Do the over 9 billion animals farmed in the United States each year require less protection? No. Should we allow them to endure extreme cruelty during their lives just because they're destined for slaughter? Certainly not.

Are Burgers Really Destroying the Planet? Kip Andersen Thinks So

Chris Sosa | Posted 10.19.2014 | Green
Chris Sosa

What if environmentalists are ignoring the largest contributing factor to global climate change? It's a provocative question sure to offend the sensibilities of those who view themselves as staunch defenders of the planet.

The Overlooked Plight of Factory Farm Workers

Lucas Spangher | Posted 10.18.2014 | Green
Lucas Spangher

We need to take a step back and ask why the events in Tyson's video occurred. To me, the data seems clear: We can no longer afford to treat this case as an isolated incident, but rather as part of a dangerous trend.

Three Reasons to Forgo Your Favorite 4th Foods: Franklin the Pig, Emmett the Rooster, Tucker the Cow

Kathy Stevens | Posted 08.31.2014 | Green
Kathy Stevens

Grocery stores are jammed with people planning for July 4th. Packages of hot dogs, chicken and steaks are piled into carts. People chat. "I've got 36 people coming, and they love to eat!" a bulky woman behind me explains as I eye her cart.

This Is What a Happy Pig Looks Like!

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.24.2014 | Green
Maria Rodale

If people are going to eat a pig, it should be a happy organic pig. Sadly, right now, there are not enough organic pigs available to feed our hunger for organic pork.

Innovation Earth: Will Real Meat Become Obsolete?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 08.24.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Beef. It's collectively what's for dinner. And with chicken and pork and every other kind of meat, it's increasingly what's for breakfast and lunch. W...

Chicken... Crossing the Road

Tom Super | Posted 06.06.2014 | Business
Tom Super

When it comes to food, Americans have a real love/hate relationship. We have entire televisions shows -- channels even -- dedicated to it. Making fo...

Why Are We Laughing at Things That Make Chickens Suffer?

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Selling more sandwiches is no justification for minimizing or lampooning abject suffering, even if the effect is inadvertent, or exists because not enough people are aware these funny fictions are actually real-life cruelties.

National Climate Assessment: Uniting Animal and Environmental Concerns

Stephen Wells | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Stephen Wells

The consequences of climate change -- like rising sea levels and extreme weather events -- are already worse than projected. As a result, the report predicts that we will all feel the impact of climate change within our lifetimes.

Go With Your Gut: Foie Gras No Worse Than the Rest

Kathy Stevens | Posted 04.01.2014 | Home
Kathy Stevens

One of two surviving ducks gets cleaned up at Catskill Animal Sanctuary Last week, Catskill Animal Sanctuary received a call from the Kingston State...

Two Men, Two Farms and a Legacy We Can All Learn From

Nancy Kotting | Posted 05.21.2014 | Green
Nancy Kotting

Unknown to one another, Walter and Rex made the same decision in the end, and in so doing, have left us with a lesson anyone who eats food and walks on soil needs to know: Our connection to, and knowledge of, the food we eat, the land upon which we grow it and the people who plow, plant and pick it is more important to our future than all the money in the world.

These 9 Facts About Factory Farming Will Break Your Heart (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

Posted 12.04.2014 | Taste

On the surface, a package of small-farm, grass-fed beef may look entirely identical to a packet of generically-raised beef. Both are wrapped with cell...

There Is a Way to Stop Tragic Livestock Fires

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 05.04.2014 | Green
Martha Rosenberg

This week more than 1,000 hogs were killed by a fire at the farm near the Carroll County community of Cutler in Central Indiana.

Concerned About Japanese Dolphins? Good. Now How About American Chickens?

Erica Meier | Posted 04.28.2014 | Home
Erica Meier

Yes, absolutely, we should condemn the senseless violence against dolphins in Japan. But in doing so, let us also condemn our own callous animal exploitation here in the U.S.

Idaho's 'Ag-Gag' Bill: Shameful Attempt to Hide Animal Cruelty on Factory Farms

Nathan Runkle | Posted 04.27.2014 | Home
Nathan Runkle

S 1337 would make it a crime, punishable by imprisonment, to simply photograph or videotape abusive, unsanitary or otherwise unethical activity on a farm. Even employees and journalists who take photos or video to document misconduct on farms could face criminal prosecution.

If a Chicken Exists Only to Become Chicken Nuggets, Does It Really Matter How She Lived? The Connection Between the Humane Treatment of Animals, Health and Food Safety

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 03.29.2014 | Home
Elizabeth Kucinich

The food you eat is the biggest socio-political decision you make each day. However, conditions and treatment of animals is not only a moral issue. Animal treatment has a direct impact on the health of American consumers.

The Dangers of King's Farm Bill Amendment

Cathy Kangas | Posted 03.26.2014 | Green
Cathy Kangas

The disastrous Rep. Steve King (R-IA) amendment to the Farm Bill could affect a wide variety of state and local laws we all depend upon to protect our health and safety, but the provision was first penned to overturn state laws protecting farm animals. This is serious.

6 Crimes Against Nature in Factory Farming (Pt. 2)

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 03.09.2014 | Green
Martha Rosenberg

While many procedures on factory farms are cruel, some practices like breeding animals into mutant-like parodies of their original species and violating mother/offspring bonds are truly crimes against nature.

What Happens in the Factory Farm Shouldn't Stay in the Factory Farm

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.08.2014 | Impact
Matthew Bershadker

Some whistleblower suppression laws -- coined "ag-gag" by food writer Mark Bittman -- aggressively criminalize firsthand documenting and/or reporting of the day-to-day activities of industrial farms, while doing nothing to contain the abuse.

The Importance of Our Evolution Beyond Killing for Food

Bob Comis | Posted 03.05.2014 | Green
Bob Comis

As a pig farmer, I live an unethical life shrouded in the justificatory trappings of social acceptance. What I do is wrong, in spite of its acceptance by nearly 95 percent of the American population. I know it in my bones.

6 Crimes Against Nature in Factory Farming (Pt. 1)

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Martha Rosenberg

While many procedures on factory farms are cruel, some practices like breeding animals into mutant-like parodies of their original species and violating mother/offspring bonds are truly crimes against nature.

Lynne Peeples

Superbugs Permeate The Poultry Aisle, Consumer Reports Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

Rick Schiller describes himself as a "super-healthy dude," who practices taekwondo and rarely misses work. The thought that he could be leveled by...