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.
With Iowa's water quality in decline, Des Moines Water Works shook the state with an unprecedented lawsuit that seeks clean water action on runoff from three agriculture-heavy counties. The ruling could affect what farmers do in their fields in Iowa and beyond.
Mother's Day is soon - don't forget to get something for your mom! Here we break down why conventionally-raised flowers aren't the best option for mom - plus some great alternative gift ideas.
The growing demand for beef and other meat is negatively impacting tropical rainforests and accelerating climate change. But the good news? There are choices you can make today to help!
Join Oxfam America in demanding fair, safe working conditions for poultry workers!
A group of North Carolina citizens is claiming that the state's $3 billion pork industry is disposing of hog waste in a way that disproportionately affects communities of color, and that the efforts to address the problem with government officials are being stalled by the pork industry.
Agribusiness has lobbied to enact ag gag legislation to prevent whistleblowers from exposing abuses that occur on factory farms. Learn more about these laws and the efforts to oppose them!
The FDA recently approved genetically modified (GM) salmon despite widespread opposition from scientists and consumers. Urge grocery chains to refuse to sell this risky fish!
If you're the type of person that wants to know what you're eating and where your food comes from, then you may have some seriously mixed feelings about Congress right now. (But don't worry - there is some good news, too!)
With 2016 here, we've rounded up a bevy of what we think will be some of the top food and agriculture issues of the year. From action on antibiotic overuse, to local aquaculture, to accounting for the true costs of industrial agriculture, 2016 is shaping up to be an important year as we work to create a more sustainable food system.
2015 was a big year in food and agriculture news - from severe drought in our nation's biggest food producing state, to the approval of GM salmon and lots more. Looking back on the year, we've collected six of the top food and agriculture stories of 2015.
Consumer Reports points to industrial meat production as a major culprit of America's antibiotic crisis. Routine use of antibiotics in farm animals creates antibiotic resistant superbugs that threaten the foundations of modern medicine.
The FDA has approved the first-ever genetically engineered (GE) animal - salmon - for sale in the US. The salmon, developed by AquaBounty Technologies, a synthetic biology company, is engineered to put on weight faster than their non-engineered counterparts.
Food produced by industrial agriculture can often be cheap, but that doesn't mean that it's not costly to the environment. Read about a new report that totals up the hidden costs that are largely left off the books.
Major supermarkets mislead consumers by marketing factory farmed chicken as "natural" or "antibiotic free." Tell the supermarket CEOs to offer more humanely raised chicken at their stores!
Maybe you've heard that meat is cancer - not true. The nuance of all of this might be lost amidst the news and social media buzz ever since a WHO study announced that processed and red meat might increase your chance of cancer. Hold on - and no need to worry - we'll help sort it out.