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Factory Farms

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?

Why Everyone Should Be Angry About Factory Farming

Anjali Sareen | Posted 05.19.2013 | Green
Anjali Sareen

With our food system the way it currently is, there are many reasons to be angry about industrialized animal agriculture. Check out the slideshow to get informed about the issues surrounding factory farming and learn how to get involved.

We Are Not Safe From Bird Flu as Long as Factory Farms Exist

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

In spite of our current low risk, it is just a matter of time before H5N1, H7N3 or another influenza strain evolves into a dangerous form that results in a pandemic. And the events in Mexico and Cambodia beg the question: Are we ever going to be safe from bird flu?

Let's Face It: There Is No Such Thing as Humane Meat

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 04.28.2013 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

All of us in society are supposed to believe that cruelty to animals is wrong and that it is a good thing to prevent needless suffering. So if that is true, how can meat be acceptable under any but the most extraordinary circumstances, such as perhaps roasting the bird who died flying into a window?

Is Dairy 'Natural'?

Anjali Sareen | Posted 04.22.2013 | Green
Anjali Sareen

It's worth noting that many people would shudder at the idea of squirting bodily fluid from an animal directly into their mouths, but those same people drink milk freely and happily because it's packaged to look pretty and marketed to us as a health food.

You and Your Terrifying Orange Juice

Mark Morford | Posted 04.17.2013 | Green
Mark Morford

Few humans on earth fully grasp the scale and scope of America's dystopian industrial food production systems anymore, much less how those mega-systems are bleeding over to the rest of the world and changing not only what and how we eat, but how we think about food.

WATCH: 'God Made A Farmer' Gets Spoofed

Posted 02.11.2013 | Food

The "God Made A Farmer" Super Bowl commercial was one of the most talked about ads this year, so it comes as little surprise that someone has already ...

Acclaimed Artist Gretchen Ryan Speaks Up for Abused Animals in New Viral Video (VIDEO)

Mikko Alanne | Posted 03.13.2013 | Green
Mikko Alanne

They say a single picture is worth a thousand words. Gretchen Ryan should know -- her haunting, evocative paintings have been exhibited in galleries around the world.

Wal-Mart: Harms Animals, Ignores Science

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 02.18.2013 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

There is a battle going on between animal protection advocates and the pork industry over "gestation crates," the 2-foot by 7-foot cages that confine about 80 percent of the United States' breeding pigs.

How the Food Movement Is Gaining Strength

Ocean Robbins | Posted 02.11.2013 | Green
Ocean Robbins

More and more people are realizing that our food chain is in crisis. Big agribusiness would probably like us all to continue munching on highly processed, genetically engineered, chemical-laden, pesticide-contaminated pseudo-foods. But the tide of history is turning.

Is Animal Cruelty Doomed?

Ocean Robbins | Posted 01.26.2013 | Green
Ocean Robbins

In a reality that does not please fans of Wilber or Babe, between 60 to 70 percent of the more than five million breeding pigs in the United States are kept in crates too small for them to so much as turn around.

Pardon the Turkey, Not Industrial Farms

Karen Steuer | Posted 01.20.2013 | Green
Karen Steuer

The White House turkey deserves a presidential pardon. Industrial animal agriculture does not.

Eggs That Elevate Health, Conscience, and More?

Pooja R. Mottl | Posted 01.06.2013 | Green
Pooja R. Mottl

"Lucky" hens and their eggs live the way mother nature wants them to, on pastures! Their environments are free of pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals, and they're never administered hormones or drugs.

Letter to Obama: About That Turkey Pardon

Megan Pincus Kajitani | Posted 10.25.2012 | Green
Megan Pincus Kajitani

We can all enjoy our Thanksgiving, with our loved ones, without putting turkeys on the chopping block. We can support American tradition without supporting the factory farm system that is causing suffering of our health, our planet and millions of animals.

Lynne Peeples

Centuries-Old Poison Still Used In Poultry Feed, Pesticides

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 10.22.2012 | Green

Industrial food production has enlisted many innovative, albeit controversial, tools in recent years -- broad-spectrum pesticides and genetically modi...

The Clean Water Act at 40: What's Your Wish?

Marc Yaggi | Posted 12.17.2012 | Green
Marc Yaggi

The Clean Water Act turns 40 today. As many know, a 40th birthday can be a momentous occasion for some, an "it's all downhill" moment for others, and just another year for the indifferent.

Lack of Information on Livestock Facilities Spells Trouble in Illinois and Beyond

Karen Steuer | Posted 10.12.2012 | Green
Karen Steuer

Illinois is the fourth-largest hog-producing state in the country. But water quality problems have caused real concern about that state's regulation of the rapidly growing hog industry.

A Real Hero in the Chesapeake Bay

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 12.11.2012 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Kathy Phillips is standing up to Perdue, a company responsible for a large percentage of the pollution pouring into the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding waterways.

Who's To Blame For Factory Pork? Probably You

Tamar Haspel | Posted 12.01.2012 | Food
Tamar Haspel

It's easy to come down hard on pork producers, and I'm perfectly willing to do that, but I think we need to tackle this problem at its source: the demand for ever-cheaper pork.