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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 ...

Could Antibiotics Actually Be Killing You?

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 09.19.2013 | Green

"Antimicrobial resistance is one of our most serious health threats." So begins a comprehensive report released by the Centers For Disease Control ...

'Green News Report' - September 17, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.17.2013 | 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 ...

"Superbug" Health Crisis Demonstrates Need for Food Labeling

Stephen Wells | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green
Stephen Wells

"Superbugs" have the capacity to turn simple ailments into life-threatening conditions and may pose the largest potential health crisis in America.

Where Did All the Farmers Go?

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 10.18.2013 | Green
Michael Rosenblum

Sometimes you get a confluence of things you read that give you a new insight into the way things work.

WATCH: 'Ag Gag' Laws Silence Factory Farm Whistleblowers

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.10.2013 | Green
Bill Moyers

Ag gag laws are intended to silence whistleblowers and investigators from trying to inform the public about bad practices at factory farms. Now who would want to make it a crime to reveal such abuses?

Patriotism: The #1 Reason to Eat a Veggie Dog on July 4th

Kathy Stevens | Posted 08.28.2013 | Green
Kathy Stevens

Here are five reasons to celebrate your independence from a diet that promotes environmental devastation, obesity, disease, and animal suffering.

WATCH: The Problem With 'Poo Lagoons'

Huffington Post | Alexandra Schuster | Posted 06.20.2013 | Green

You might think that the water you're drinking tastes clean and pure ... until you realize that the EPA has done little to regulate factory farms' pra...

Livestock Industry Bullying on Meatless Mondays Campaign Doesn't Change Facts -- or Consumer Trends

Sasha Lyutse | Posted 06.19.2013 | Green
Sasha Lyutse

This kind of bullying--and swift caving on the part of the House Committee--is shameless for sure. But it also suggests the conventional livestock industry knows it has something to worry about when it comes to American consumers.

GM Feed, Pigs, and Stomach Inflammation: Smoking Gun?

Tamar Haspel | Posted 06.13.2013 | Green
Tamar Haspel

You may have seen the study, with 'smoking gun' headlines, showing a correlation between severe stomach inflammation and GM feed in pigs. Take a closer look and you will see it is indeed a stinging indictment, but not of GM feed.

From the Farm to the Voting Booth (or Vice Versa)

Alison Cayne | Posted 06.06.2013 | Taste
Alison Cayne

Solving hunger cannot be accomplished without a government that considers it a basic right of citizenship to have access to fresh, healthy food. It's up to citizens to demand farmer's markets, school gardens and sustainable agriculture.

A Chicken Leaping Into Every Pot

Ken White | Posted 07.30.2013 | San Francisco
Ken White

There's nothing unusual about dumb TV commercials but I am especially annoyed by a recent spot which brings us a combined message from Foster Farms and the American Humane Association.

Mothers of Pure Food, Rebirthing a Movement

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

This Mother's Day, let us remember mothers and women who understood the patriotic nature of standing up for wholesome food, of standing up for the health of young children who would become our future.

Accounting Trick on Methane Is Deadly for the Climate

Kyle Ash | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Kyle Ash

Politicians use accounting tricks to make us think their paltry efforts are worth a damn. For one, they dilute the annual impact of climate pollution by spreading it over 100 years. If we don't make serious progress within the decade, however, what we do afterward will be moot.

First Ag-Gag, Now the Name Game

Paul Shapiro | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green
Paul Shapiro

Stunned by repeated exposés revealing inhumane treatment of animals, big ag lobbyists are working to prevent Americans from finding out about animal abuse, rather than working to prevent it. And now Orwellian euphemisms are being pushed as so-called solutions?

Big-Ag Afraid of Its Reflection, Seeks Ag-Gag Bill for Protection

Food Politic | Posted 06.26.2013 | Green
Food Politic

Is it up to the consumer, the farmer, or the state to determine what constitutes animal cruelty? Abuse is inherent in the making of the factory farm, and it's the publics' right to see it, and decide if they can stomach the level at which it's happening.

Silencing Whistleblowers

Cathy Kangas | Posted 06.25.2013 | Green
Cathy Kangas

Why would the agribusiness industry want to stop the public from discovering what actually goes on in its plants? What does it have to hide?

Debate: After Activists Covertly Expose Animal Cruelty, Should They Be Targeted With "Ag-Gag" Laws?

Democracy Now! | Posted 06.09.2013 | Green
Democracy Now!

So-called "ag-gag" bills that criminalize undercover filming on farms and at slaughterhouses to document criminal animal abuse are sweeping the countr...

Bag the Ag Gag Bills

Dan Imhoff | Posted 06.08.2013 | Green
Dan Imhoff

"Ag gag" laws have been put forth by the meat industry to criminalize the reporting of animal cruelty by anyone -- journalists, activists, or whistleblowers.

Pioneers in Sustainable Food Show We Can Eat Well and Protect Environment

Frances Beinecke | Posted 06.03.2013 | Green
Frances Beinecke

People are starting to realize that if we change the way we eat, we can change the way the food system works. We can grow food that is good for our health, good for our communities, and good for the planet. The winners of the Growing Green Awards are showing us how.

Smithfield Makes Fortune's Most Admired Companies List, World Gapes at Irony

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Smithfield has a legacy of family farm destruction, labor abuses and environmental devastation. What's to admire about that?