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'What's For Dinner': A Documentary Film Review

Pork production in China is growing fast, shifting to US-style industrial operations, with thousands of pigs raised on a diet of commercial feed and drugs. In recent years, researchers and activists in and out of China have analyzed this on paper, but "What's for Dinner?" shows us the process firsthand.

Antibiotics Should Resist A Free-Market Paradigm

How do officers of publicly traded pharmaceutical companies reconcile protecting vital antibiotic drugs with their corporate responsibility to boost market share and profitability? Andrew Gunther of Animal Welfare Approved says they don't, and the current federal-industry pact won't stop the ongoing abuse of antibiotics in farming.

Our Heroes: Dede Boies and David Evershed of Root Down Farm

"Our mission is to raise the healthiest animals possible in the most humane way, and to leave this land better than we found it," Dede Boies explains. Today, she and David Evershed do just that as they raise AWA-certified meat chickens in 200-bird flocks for marketing within the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast region.

Precious Water Bottled and Shipped Out of Drought-Ridden California

As California suffers through a record drought, water is being rationed and its usually fertile agriculture industry is suffering. Yet Mother Jones reported this week that at least four major companies--Aquafina, Dasani, Crystal Geyser and Arrowhead--use precious water from California for their bottled water.

Our Heroes: Los de Mora Local Growers' Cooperative

Los de Mora Local Growers' Cooperative, a producer group of 35 family farms and ranches in the Mora, NM area, has voted to require all livestock producer-members to become Animal Welfare Approved, which ensures animals are raised in accordance with the highest welfare standards in the US.

Our Heroes: The Newhalls and Joneses of Windy N Ranch

Windy N Ranch has become the first Animal Welfare Approved farm in the U.S. to receive approval for eight farmed species, including meat chickens and laying hens, laying ducks, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and turkeys. They continue to add livestock species to advance their vision of making the ranch a "one-stop operation."

'Groceryships' Could Set a Course for Healthy Eating

While access to fresh, healthy food is important to changing dietary trends, it's only one piece of the puzzle. A new project in South Los Angeles has set out to prove that another piece of the puzzle -- educating people how to cook whole foods -- can work wonders.

Let's Kill ''Natural''

The "natural" label claim epitomizes everything that's wrong with our food labeling laws - now a new report by Consumer Reports is calling on the USDA and FDA to kill off one of the most misleading - and downright contemptible - claims you'll find on food packaging today.

Heroic Endeavor: Growing Cities Doc - Coming Soon to PBS?

Growing Cities is documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power urban farms have to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. Filmmaker Dan Susman believes in a food system that incorporates urban agriculture across the country.

WHO Sounds Alarm Over Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

The WHO has released a landmark, 256-page report warning that the world may be headed for a post-antibiotic era. According to the CDC, two-thirds of patients afflicted by a recent Salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms tested resistant to one or more antibiotics.

39-Year Wildflower Bloom Count Reveals Changes Attributed to Warmer Climate

A unique 39-year study of wildflower blooms in a Colorado Rocky Mountain meadow shows more than two-thirds of alpine flowers have changed their blooming pattern in response to climate change. The flowers' response to climate change is more complex than previously believed, with different species responding in unexpected ways.

I Don't Want No Scrub

Plastic microbeads from cosmetic products are filling up our lakes and rivers. New York State is the first seeking to ban them, and others aren't far behind.

TEDxManhattan Heroes: Sunny Young

As TEDxManhattan 2014 approaches, we've asked this year's speakers to introduce themselves by answering a few questions. Today we feature Sunny Young, director of EduFood Consulting and the winner of the TEDxManhattan Challenge!

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