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Why are the billionaires always laughing?

Because they know the corporate media will never call bullshit on their bullshit.

Why are the billionaires laughing?

It’s easy to laugh when the corporate press treats you as a glorious success instead of the epitome of a broken social order. Billionaires laugh because they know the corporate media prefers to fawn over them rather than hold them to account.

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Ben Lilliston

Ben Lilliston

Ben Lilliston is the communications director at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and the co-author of the book "Genetically Engineered Foods: A Self-Defense Guide for Consumers" (2004).

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Factory Farms: New EPA Emissions Data Should Guide Biden on Agriculture and Climate

We have to appropriately regulate the factory farm industry that has thus far successfully externalized the costs of its water and air pollution to the rest of us.

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A Roadmap for the Biden-Harris Administration: Redesigning Farm Systems for the Climate Crisis

A just transition for farming must not only consider reforms to farm policy, but also aligned reforms in financial, trade, environmental, and competition policy.

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After Trump’s Payouts Are Gone, What Happens to Farmers?

Here are a handful of immediate steps new leadership could take.

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Don’t Grant Global Meat Corporations Immunity, Hold Them Accountable for Covid-19 Failures

Given the industry’s track record, corporate immunity would likely open the door for more abuses that directly put workers lives and those that live in meatpacking plant communities at risk.

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Cory Booker's Halt on Factory Farms Would Help the Climate

Data from the EPA shows a steady increase in agriculture-related greenhouse gas emissions, much of it linked to industrial systems of crop production and the rise of factory farms over the last two decades.

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Trump’s Japan Deal Another Win for Global Meat Companies

The Trump administration is building quite a record of favoritism for these multinationals that now rivals its well-known allegiance to the fossil fuel industry.

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Did Obama's Trade Legacy Just Hammer the Green New Deal?

The path towards achieving climate goals must address the revamping of trade rules

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