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Livestock

Bringing Conservation and Development Together

Mark Tercek | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

Development and conservation are often viewed as separate or even opposing needs. The truth is, we simply won't be successful in addressing either t...

Where's the B-12? Include Animal-Based Foods in the Global Malnutrition Agenda

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 08.08.2014 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Calcium, protein, vitamin B-12 and iron are essential to human health. Animal-based foods are an important source of these micronutrients, and where we at Heifer work, they're sometimes the only source readily available.

Climate Change This Week: Undersea Deforestation, Churches Divest, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 20 2014 How unusu...

Cows -- Not Coal -- Are the Real Climate Change Culprits

Neal Barnard, M.D. | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Neal Barnard, M.D.

President Obama recently likened denying climate change to believing the moon is made of cheese. As it turns out, ignoring this particular food's role in climate change is just as irresponsible.

Why Is the U.S. So Fat? Katie Couric Documentary Fed Up Seeks to Explain

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

The U.S. government plays both sides of the obesity street -- admonishing people to eat right while pushing the foods that make them fat -- because of the USDA's double mission of protecting the nation's health and protecting the health of the nation's farmers.

A Family Farm, a Century and a Half Old, Leads the Way on Sustainable Meat

Sasha Lyutse | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Sasha Lyutse

In today's conventional meat industry, what passes for a "farm" is really more like a factory. But farmers and ranchers across the country show us every day that there is a better way to raise the chickens, pigs and cows that end up on our plates.

Four Inspirational Food Leaders Honored at Growing Green Awards

Peter Lehner | Posted 07.14.2014 | Home
Peter Lehner

Through the efforts of these inspirational educators, practitioners and advocates, we are beginning to make farming and food production more sustainable, and to change the way we eat as a nation.

Government Plans to Kill the Messenger

Travis Bruner | Posted 07.08.2014 | Green
Travis Bruner

Ravens aren't the problem, and killing them isn't the solution. It would be better to listen to the message ravens bear about unstable ecosystems, and work towards restoration, rather than destroy our wild heritage.

The Power of Our Food Choices

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Our eating habits profoundly affect our individual health and well-being; our social, economic, and political systems; and our environment. Our future success as a species may hinge on our food habits.

Bushmeat Hunting Risks Driving Big Animals to Extinction - But We Have a Solution

David Wilkie | Posted 06.11.2014 | Green
David Wilkie

Since the term bushmeat was coined over 20 years ago, there has been growing concern that hunting wildlife for food in the tropics risks the loss of all large-bodied animals in the world's remaining tropical forests.

FDA Underwhelms With Response to Super-Resistant Infections Rise

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted 03.01.2014 | Home
David Wallinga, M.D.

We're in deep doo-doo from the global threat of superbugs. The December announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) puts that threat back in the news. But I'm underwhelmed by FDA's response, and here's why.

Harshing Your Mellow

Katy Keiffer | Posted 02.16.2014 | Home
Katy Keiffer

Although the FDA is making a public display of ratcheting down antibiotic use in livestock agriculture, a reality check is in order. What has to happen in livestock agriculture is nothing less than a paradigm shift in production practices.

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.

Antibiotic Resistance: How Industrial Agriculture Lies With Statistics

Robert Lawrence | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Lawrence

There is some uncertainty in these data, but not enough to escape the fact that the vast majority of antibiotics in this country are used in food animals, not to treat sick people.

Meatless Monday: Eating to Save the World

Ellen Kanner | Posted 11.30.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Tomorrow is World Vegetarian Day, kicking off a whole month of meatless joy and awareness. Just in time, too, because honey, people need some of both....

'Suffering' as a Guiding Principle for Raising Livestock

Bob Comis | Posted 11.27.2013 | Green
Bob Comis

I eat meat, and I raise animals to slaughter and butcher for their meat. So, in spite of the fact that measuring suffering is fraught, I use it as one of my guiding principles for providing a high level of animal welfare.

We Need to End Antibiotics Use in Meat Production Now

Richard Schiffman | Posted 11.23.2013 | Green
Richard Schiffman

Most antibiotics currently used on farms are not for the treatment of sick animals, or even the prevention of disease, but to promote the growth and weight of livestock. Until recently scientists didn't know how antibiotics stimulated growth.

The 'Interests' of Animals

Bob Comis | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green
Bob Comis

The question of livestock raising is one that transcends the hubris of production efficiency for humility, compassion, and empathy, which enable us to acknowledge and grant the animals' expression and pursuit of their own interests.

Consuming Antibiotics

Katy Keiffer | Posted 10.05.2013 | Green
Katy Keiffer

Given the dearth of new medications in the pharmaceutical pipeline, consumers must participate in any way they can to ensure the elimination of antibiotics in livestock, save for treating specific illnesses.

Why Safer Food Workers Mean Safer Food

Michelle Chen | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Americans these days are nervous about what they eat, and they should be, what with outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, meat pumped with veterinary drug...

Study: Pig Health Hurt By GMO Feed

Reuters | Posted 08.11.2013 | Green

By Carey Gillam June 11 (Reuters) - Pigs fed a diet of only genetically modified grain showed markedly higher stomach inflammation ...

FDA: Pull Back Big Pharma's Veil on Antibiotics Sold for Animal Feed

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
David Wallinga, M.D.

So long as no one questions how and where antibiotics get used in food production, Big Pharma keeps profiting from selling more of these precious drugs than they ought to.

FDA Should Share Data About Livestock on Drugs

Robert Lawrence | Posted 02.09.2013 | Home
Robert Lawrence

To my mind, the most urgent argument for making the data public is that this syndrome of drug misuse in food animals is one cause of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that infect humans.

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...

Thanks To The Drought, Animals Are Smaller, Scarcer At This Year's Fairs

AP | CARRIE ANTLFINGER | Posted 09.28.2012 | Business

MILWAUKEE (AP) — State and county fairs in the sweltering and drought-stricken Midwest may see some skinnier pigs and smaller squash this year. ...