industrial agriculture

Congress' Spending Bill Full of Food System Changes

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!)

Looking Forward: 10 of the Top Issues of 2016

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.

Looking Back: 6 of the Top Stories of 2015

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.

Industrial Meat Production and the Rise of Superbugs

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.

Genetically Engineered Salmon to Hit the Shelves (Soon-ish)

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.

Top 3 Things to Know About the WHO's Meat and Cancer Report

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.

Aquaculture Week: Talking Turkey About Farmed Fish With Marianne Cufone

Have you ever stared at a menu in a seafood restaurant wondering which fish is okay to order? We have too, so we got some guidance from Marianne Cufone, executive director of the Recirculating Farms Coalition. Marianne also told us what makes the rapidly expanding practice of aquaculture sustainable (or not).

Aquaculture Week: Farming Fish in the Ocean

This week we're exploring aquaculture - also known as fish farming - through the lens of sustainability. While we may expect the fish on our plate to come from fisher folk out on their boats reeling them in, the reality is that much of our seafood comes from fish farms. In this post we look at fish farming in coastal and offshore waters.

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 SkipShowersForBeef.com, 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.

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