industrial agriculture

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Cow's Milk

The production of milk - overwhelmingly milk from cows - is a massive industry that employs thousands of people. And, with wide differences between how milk is produced in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations versus the methods of smaller sustainable farmers, knowing what milk to buy is important.

Book Review - Cowed

Whether or not you eat beef or consume dairy, America's relationship with cattle is incredibly important to understand. And, if you want to get truly informed about the state of the cattle industry and how we could improve it to be more sustainable, there's no more exhaustive book out there than "Cowed" by Dennis Hayes and Gail Boyer Hayes.

Skip Showers for Beef? Try Less and Better Meat

Ok, so maybe there is no nonprofit called, but the Yes Men stunt does raise an important discussion about the vast amount of water involved in beef production. Here we add to that discussion -- if you eat beef, which kind of beef you choose makes a big difference.

North Carolina Ag-Gag Bill Will Help Keep Consumers in the Dark

Last week, North Carolina's state legislature voted to override Republican Governor Pat McCrory's veto to pass one of the strongest anti-whistleblower laws in the country. Critics explain that the law was crafted to punish whistleblowers who shed light on animal abuse and shield meat producers and slaughterhouses from undercover investigations.

Our Hero: Arjen Hoekstra, Creator of the Water Footprint

Arjen Hoekstra not only created the concept of water footprint, but he opened people's eyes about how humanity uses water. Find out what guided Hoekstra onto this visionary path, the role that consumer decisions have on water use, the complexities of industrial versus pasture-raised meat, and more.

The Meatrix: Relaunched

Since 2003, The Meatrix has educated over 30 million consumers about the problems caused by factory farms. Although many have since opted out of the industrial meat system, factory farming has only expanded. Watch the new chapter of The Meatrix and find out what you can do.

North Carolina Puts Pork Before Civil Rights

For years, North Carolina communities have complained that industrial pork farms pollute their rivers and streams and lower quality of life in the area, but the state has all but ignored their complaints. The EPA is now conducting an investigation of the state's civil rights infringements that could change the game.

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.

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