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Is the Farm ''Safety Net'' Safe?

Laurie Ristino, Director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, discusses the implications of the farm "safety net" for the future of food and agriculture.

Will the Amazon-Whole Foods Deal Mean Better Food for All?

Amazon's move into the grocery marketplace signals that the giant appears poised to realign consumer habits around how we buy quinoa, cereal and meat in precisely the same way it changed the way we buy books, clothes and detergent. Is this a good thing - or a bad thing?

How Your Kid's Lunch Can Help Fight Climate Change

What if we could improve our kids' school lunches and reduce our impact on the climate at the same time? A new study by Friends of the Earth explains the connections - and what school districts can do about it.

New Animal Welfare Organic Rules Move Forward

Things may be looking up for all animals raised on organic farms in the US because a set of rules called the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) have been finalized. The OLPP enacts comprehensive animal welfare standards covering living conditions, healthcare, slaughter and transport.

Helping Farmers and Animals: New Guide to Farm Animal Welfare Certification

The ASPCA and the Vermont Law School's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems worked together to create a unique new tool for farmers seeking to understand the three most meaningful animal welfare certification programs: Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane® and Global Animal Partnership.

Corn: A New Crop of Risks for Food Companies

The reliance on corn for animal feed has introduced substantial new risks for food companies that rely on industrially produced animal products. A new study looks at how this reliance on corn relates to financial performance and risk management in the food industry - and what both consumers and companies can do about it.

What Debt in Chicken Farming Says About American Agriculture

History has proven many times that carrying large amounts of debt in a fluctuating market creates a dangerous situation. But the production contract model used that is spreading globally in chicken and livestock farming is a sign that agriculture itself is changing, shifting farmers into an increasingly debt-dependent scenario.

Why Big Chicken Companies Own and Control Everything Except the Farm

Ninety-seven percent of the chicken we eat is produced by a farmer under contract with a big chicken company. These chicken farmers are the last independent link in an otherwise completely vertically integrated, company-owned supply chain. The Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), among other groups, seeks to change that.

Passover: Liberate Yourself from Industrial Food

This Passover, we can liberate ourselves from a food system that's often unhealthy for us and the environment by supporting farmers that grow food more sustainably. Use these suggestions for your seder - and throughout the year!

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