industrial agriculture

Acting Now Could Save Bugs From Insect Apocalypse

Acting Now Could Save Bugs From Insect Apocalypse

By Ajit Niranjan Seven ‘no-regret’ actions could rescue insects on the road to extinction, a new roadmap for conservation says, helping ecosystems even where a lack of research means scientists cannot prove benefits to individual species. Earth’s biodiversity is declining at unprecedented rates but population data on insects — which are small, diverse and abundant […]

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    Animal Rights Group Hopes to Turn Poultry Farmers into Plant Growers

    Animal Rights Group Hopes to Turn Poultry Farmers into Plant Growers

    By Alex Robinson Leah Garcés used to hate poultry farmers. The animal rights activist, who opposes factory farming, had an adversarial relationship with chicken farmers until around five years ago, when she sat down to listen to one. She met a poultry farmer called Craig Watts in rural North Carolina and learned that the problems […]

    5 Essential Policies to Enact the Perfect Climate Crisis Plan

    5 Essential Policies to Enact the Perfect Climate Crisis Plan

    By Jackie Filson We’re going to make this very simple. These are the 5 non-negotiable policies an ideal climate plan must include: 1. A Halt on All New Fossil Fuel Development This means banning fracking everywhere, ending dangerous build-outs of pipelines and other harmful fossil fuel infrastructure, banning public land extraction, and stopping the export […]

    Beef Industry Takes the Biggest Bite Out of Earth’s Natural Resources

    Beef Industry Takes the Biggest Bite Out of Earth’s Natural Resources

    By Jennifer Molidor One million species are at risk of extinction from human activity, warns a recent study by scientists with the United Nations. We need to cut greenhouse gas pollution across all sectors to avoid catastrophic climate change — and we need to do it fast, said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This […]

    About 500,000 Cattle Feared Dead After Historic Queensland Floods

    About 500,000 Cattle Feared Dead After Historic Queensland Floods

    An estimated 500,000 are feared dead after historic floods inundated Queensland, Australia, according to News.com.au, citing the state’s cattle industry. Financial losses are estimated at $300 million Australian dollars (about $212 million U.S.). Days of “unprecedented” rainfall earlier this month led to widespread flooding across the state, causing power outages, damaging roads and buildings and […]

    Degenerative Food & Farming System Poses Mortal Threat

    Degenerative Food & Farming System Poses Mortal Threat

    By Ronnie Cummins A new study calling for a “radical rethink” of the relationship between policymakers and corporations reinforces what Organic Consumers Association and other public interest groups have been saying for years: Our triple global health crises of deteriorating public health, world hunger and global warming share common root causes—and that the best way […]

    Undercover Investigations Will Be Legal Again at Iowa Animal Farms

    Undercover Investigations Will Be Legal Again at Iowa Animal Farms

    On Thursday the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa struck down the Iowa Ag-Gag law, holding that the ban on undercover investigations at factory farms and slaughterhouses violates the First Amendment. In 2017, a coalition of animal, environmental and community advocacy groups, including Center for Food Safety, challenged the law’s constitutionality. Federal […]

    Here’s What Agriculture of the Future Looks Like: The Multiple Benefits of Regenerative Agriculture Quantified

    Here’s What Agriculture of the Future Looks Like: The Multiple Benefits of Regenerative Agriculture Quantified

    By Ricardo Salvador At the Union of Concerned Scientists, we have long advocated agricultural systems that are productive and better for the environment, the economy, farmers, farmworkers and eaters than the dominant industrial system. We refer to such a system as our Healthy Farm vision. Based on comprehensive science, we have specified that healthy farm […]

    Brazil’s Leading Food Retailer Goes Cage-Free

    Brazil’s Leading Food Retailer Goes Cage-Free

    Brazil, one of the world’s largest economies and the fifth largest nation by population, has become an important focus for animal advocates over the last several decades. The result has been a growing awareness of animal issues and noteworthy progress in regard to animal welfare. That progress continues. Yesterday, Carrefour, Brazil’s largest food retailer, announced […]