Waxman-Markey Passes Through House After Allowing ''Big'' Ag Amendments

On June 26th, the House of Representatives voted on the Waxman-Markey Bill to address climate change. It passed narrowly with 219 aye and 212 nay votes. The American Clean Energy Security Act (as it is otherwise known), sponsored by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA), aims to cut emissions below the 2005 level by 80% in 2050.

Farmageddon Roundtable

Several members of our team recently saw NY screenings of Kristin Canty's new documentary, Farmageddon. And we haven't stopped talking about it. We decided to share what it meant to us, and what actions we felt compelled to take after seeing the film.

The People vs. The Pizza Lobby

A few weeks ago Congress dismissed the USDA's healthy school lunch reform proposals and decided to count pizza sauce as a vegetable. Sound ridiculous? It is.

Tell Walmart to Reject New GMO Sweet Corn

There's a new GMO in town: Monsanto's GE sweet corn. If you're unhappy about this, you're not alone. Food and Water Watch has initiated a national campaign to pressure Walmart to refuse to sell products using the GE corn.

Animal Welfare

Industrial livestock facilities compromise the health and welfare of the animals they confine. Find out what they do wrong - and what you can do about it.


Factory farms administer antibiotics to farm animals to promote growth and compensate for filthy conditions. Learn how this threatens human health.


Americans spend about ninety percent of their food budget on processed foods, which, unlike whole foods, have been treated, stripped, altered, or refined in some way after being harvested or butchered. Almost all of these processed foods contain additives, substances intended to change the food in some way before it is sold to consumers.

On Food and Pharmaceuticals

The impacts of industrial agriculture are a regular topic of discussion here on Ecocentric, but we've never delved into the complex relationship and alarming connections between our drug industry and our food industry, so we decided to take a look.

Food Policy & Regulation

Public policy can build a sustainable food system, or further entrench industrial agriculture. Learn about the policies that determine what we eat - and what you can do to improve them.

Glossary of Meat Production Methods

You want to eat better but all those labels are so confusing - what can you do? Carry this handy glossary when you shop to find the best food for you and your family.

These Labels Are So Confusing!

We probably don’t need to tell you that when it comes to deciphering labels at the grocery store, it’s confusing! Not to worry - here are the most common labels on produce, beef, dairy, and poultry.


United States Department of Agriculture

USDA Know Your Farmer Know Your Food

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF2) is a USDA-wide effort to carry out President Obama’s commitment to strengthening local and regional food systems.

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