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Factory Farms

'Right to Farm' or Right to Funnel Illegal Money Into Missouri Campaign?

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 08.01.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Under federal law, farmers of certain commodities (including beef, pork and soybeans) are required to pay a percentage of their sales into a check-off fund. These funds are intended to be used to promote the sale of farm products -- not to lobby for state or federal legislation or ballot measures.

Seeds Mean Freedom: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Show Me the Money: Corporate Ag Bankrolling Missouri's Amendment 1

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

What would Amendment 1 mean in practical terms? Assuming the worst-case scenario:The state could not restrict foreign ownership of factory farms, or impose standards for animal care on these megafactories. That should concern every family farmer.

Why Choose Organic Milk?

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

The dairy industry markets it as "nature's perfect food," but hormones in conventional milk have been linked to cancer. However, many studies show nutritional benefits to drinking milk -- especially for kids. What's the answer? Organic milk!

Something Like Meat But Not Meat

Mark Morford | Posted 06.11.2014 | Food
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?

Why English Eggs Are Way Different From American Ones

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 05.30.2014 | Taste

Not all eggs are created equal.

Farmland and Fed Up: Two Documentaries, Two Reactions From Big Food

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.23.2014 | Green
Jonathan Kim

With these movies, we see two reactions by Big Agriculture and Big Food to documentaries sounding the alarm about America's systemic problems with food, from how it's produced, marketed, and regulated to its final impact on eaters suffering from a growing list of ailments. But both responses are ultimately problematic.

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.

Making the World a Better Place for Chickens (or Maybe Not So Much)

Ken White | Posted 06.08.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

The concept was simple and, I believe, both reasonable and good: that is, these birds, typically kept alive for about 2 years, ought to have enough space to be able to move around more freely with room to stand up, sit down, and fully extend wings.

USDA: Selling Out Organic to Protect Five Factory Farms

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

The USDA's decision doesn't just violate our moral intuitions and the expectations of organic consumers; it also violates the Department's legal mandate in at least two distinct ways.

California Factory Farms Are No Chicken Shangri-La

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Poultry, dairy and eggs are produced in an industrialized system that values profit and "economic efficiency" over food safety, animal welfare or fairness for farmers.

The Slaughter of the Dolphins

Ken White | Posted 04.28.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

Dolphins are the cognitive cousins of elephants and gorillas. We know them to be smart, to be self-aware; to know fear and to feel threat, and to also understand family, in ways with which we can -- and should -- empathize.

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

Erica Meier | Posted 04.28.2014 | Food
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 | Food
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.

It's Time for Factory Farms to Pay Their Fair Share

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Big chicken processing companies generate 1.5 billion pounds of fowl waste annually in Delmarva (the Delaware, Maryland, Virginia tri-state area), and...

Misguided Outrage in Giraffe Killing

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Green
Eliyahu Federman

To prevent inbreeding, the Copenhagen Zoo killed an 18-month-old giraffe. The mob outrage ensued. The visceral, selective outrage over the giraffe killing is a product of a double standard that romanticizes exotic animals, placing a greater value on their lives than, say, farm animals.

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!

The Peterson Farm Brothers Are Giving A Face to Big-Ag

Food Politic | Posted 03.09.2014 | Food
Food Politic

If farmers want the public to understand and respect their work, that needs to change.

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.

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.

Factory Farms Of The Future: Part II

Sonia Faruqi | Posted 12.17.2013 | Food
Sonia Faruqi

Extreme genetic selection, accelerated by artificial insemination, leads farm animals today to yield far more meat, milk, and eggs -- while eating far less -- than they ever have.

Factory Farms of the Future: Part I

Sonia Faruqi | Posted 02.08.2014 | Food
Sonia Faruqi

The future of animal agriculture can be summed up in a single sentence by, appropriately, a science fiction writer. "The future is already here," said William Gibson, "it's just not very evenly distributed."

America Is Sick of Chicken

Heritage Radio Network | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Heritage Radio Network

The most effective way to avoid salmonella (other than abstaining from eating poultry) is to know where your food is coming from. When choosing a chicken or a turkey to consume, it is imperative to consider its genetics, the conditions in which it was raised, what it was fed, and whether or not it was treated with antibiotics. Avoiding animals that were bred and raised on a factory farm is a step in the right direction.

How Cooking At Home Helps Fight Hunger

Alison Cayne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Taste
Alison Cayne

Demand for SNAP benefits is proof that we are living in a time of long-term unemployment and a very deep recession. Moreover, we have a food system that artificially makes healthy, simple food more expensive than processed non-food.

Johns Hopkins, Pew Commission Report: No Progress in Industrial Livestock Production

Chris Hunt | Posted 12.22.2013 | Green
Chris Hunt

While the Humane Society of the United States and others have worked with industry to secure voluntarily agreements to phase out some of the worst confinement systems, there is still no legislation or regulatory oversight. In fact, there are still no federal regulations protecting farm animal welfare.