industrial agriculture

Debunking the Farm Bureau's Attack on the Clean Water Act

In a desperate, last ditch effort, the American Farm Bureau Federation is attempting to foil efforts to clarify Clean Water Act protection for the nation's water resources. However, their aggressive campaign only reinforces the value of clean water to our livelihoods and communities and our national economy.

USDA Fails to Verify 80 Percent of ''Humane'' and Other Meat Labels

What does "sustainably farmed" mean on a meat, poultry or egg label? We can't always be sure, according to a new Animal Welfare Institute report. With no standardized, consistent definitions, the USDA approves plenty of words without supporting evidence. Adding to the confusion: sometimes, the terms are accurate. Learn what AWI proposes we do next.

Book Review: Cutting Out The Meat Racket

The Meat Racket tells the story of our modern industrial meat system. Tyson Chicken's tale is shocking, engaging and a great read about how your supermarket meat aisle came to look the way it does. And how can your weekly grocery shopping make a difference?

The Danger of Monocrops: Lessons from the Irish Potato Famine

While each immigrant story carries its own unique lessons for modern life, in the case of the Irish Diaspora, one of the most useful takeaways lies in the tragic role that unsustainable agricultural practices played in leading to the mass starvation and exodus of the Irish people.

Farmed and Dangerous: Episode 3, Raising the Steaks

Chip and Sophia hang out with one of his cows and we find out what's behind his passion for sustainable ag and farming. But will good food advocates be able to stop Animoil's Mega Farm? And does Buck Marshall root for the machines when he watches The Matrix?

Why Meat Eats Resources

There are a whole lot of resources that go into the meat you eat, many of which are not obvious or accounted for. Find out why meat production is so resource-intensive. The second of three posts about possible limits to global meat production.

The Great Biofuel Greenwash

Oil industry giants have been pushing a wave of biofuel advertising, but the nature of such fuel is complex; just look at its many different "generations." Too often, this complexity mixed with the promise of clean, renewable biofuels descends into greenwashing.

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Okra

Okra is the quintessential Southern ingredient, representing so much of the gastronomy of the South, from Creole cuisine to lowcountry cooking. Even for those of us up North, okra is seasonal eating at its best, the epitome of Real Food Right Now. And yes, you can absolutely eat all of this "nose-to-tail" veggie.

Corporations Are People (Concerned About the Nexus), Too!

Corporations around the world have taken a keen interest in the nexus of food, water and energy. In a recent workshop at The Wharton School, business leaders laid out the reasons why these interconnections are so important to their future.

From Wheat to Salmon, GMOs Take Center Stage

It's been a busy few weeks of developments in genetic engineering (GE) news, each deserving of further attention - so without further ado, here's a roundup-ready (sorry, we couldn't resist) collection of the most important stories about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as well as efforts to require their labeling.

Fracking in the Nation's Vegetable Patch

The farmland sitting on top of the shale is known for producing raisins, nuts, fruits, vegetable and cotton. Given California's rich oil history, oil and agriculture interests have co-existed for a long time, but fracking could pit the two against each other.

The Healthy Farm: A Vision for US Agriculture

Recently, the Union of Concerned Scientists put together a policy brief, in which they outline a vision of a healthful alternative to the unsustainable practices that are involved in industrial agriculture. Accompanied by a bright interactive web feature illustrating the components of a healthy farm, the brief spells out the principles, practices and benefits that come along with a shift toward farming based on ecological principles, or agroecology.

The Arsenic in Your Chicken

Despite the threat to human health and the environment, industrial poultry producers continue to use arsenical drugs to boost growth rates. A new study measured how much of this arsenic ends up in your meat.

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