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Factory Farms

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

Ken White | Posted 04.08.2014 | 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 04.02.2014 | 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 03.06.2014 | 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 02.26.2014 | 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 02.26.2014 | 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 02.26.2014 | 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 02.21.2014 | 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.

Playing Chicken With Food Safety

Michael Winship | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

New rules the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to put into effect would transfer much of the work inspecting pork and chicken and turkey meat from trained government inspectors to the processing companies themselves. Talk about putting the fox in the henhouse!

The First Controversy of Chris Christie's 2016 Presidential Campaign: Tortured Food

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

It seems that Governor Christie overturned the will of the people of New Jersey to protect the interests of a group of people in another state one thousand miles away: Iowa.

Why Walmart Must Help to End Antibiotic Abuse in Farming

Andrew Gunther | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Andrew Gunther

By continuing to turn a blind eye to the indiscriminate use of antibiotics among its meat suppliers in the name of producing so-called cheap meat, Walmart is effectively sanctioning the inevitable rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Why Do We Need 'World Day for Farmed Animals'?

Michael A. Webermann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Michael A. Webermann

Each of these animals is capable of experiencing pleasure, affection, and joy, as well as sorrow, loneliness, and pain. Therefore, the question World Day for Farmed Animals asks is, "If we wouldn't raise a dog or cat for food, why would we do it to a pig, chicken, or fish?"

20 Questions for Animal Lovers on World Day for Farmed Animals

Kathy Stevens | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kathy Stevens

Wednesday, October 2 is World Day for Farmed Animals, a day on which animal advocates around the world hold vigils, celebrations and other events designed to heighten public awareness of our treatment of fellow beings.

The Ethical Burrito

Nathan Risinger | Posted 11.25.2013 | Business
Nathan Risinger

Occasionally an advertisement bucks trends, grabbing our attention without the aid of the biggest football game of the year. Against all odds Chipotle seems to have done just that.

The Truth About Chicken

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 11.23.2013 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

The sad truth about today's chickens -- nearly 9 billion of which are slaughtered annually in America -- not only confirms our worst fears, but raises all-new concerns about their welfare... and our health.

'Green News Report' - September 19, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S ...