All Articles on Factory Farming

Cattle are a major source of pollution in the San Joaquin Valley, methane, as well as the dusk fills the air around Fresno. Today, this 300–mile long stretch of factory farms and sprawling suburbs is the worst region in America to breathe. (Photo by Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Views
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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Wendy's in Athens, Ohio. (Photo by Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
As Cage-Free Momentum Soars, Companies Like Wendy's Lag Far Behind Competitors
It's clear that consumer outreach can motivate these companies to do the right thing, we just need more of it right now.
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A sign outside the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in South Dakota, one of the countrys largest known Coronavirus clusters, is seen on April 21, 2020 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. - Smithfield Foods pork plant in South Dakota is closed indefinitely in the wake of its coronavirus outbreak.(Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Smithfield Claims To Be 'Sustainable' While Remaining One of the Biggest Industrial Polluters in the US
Smithfield is pushing a massive greenwashing campaign to dupe consumers into thinking its products are environmentally friendly.
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For the poultry executives on the National Chicken Council board, Biden’s pro-worker moves must come as quite a shock.(Photo: Food & Water Watch) Views
The Big Chicken Bosses Are No Longer Calling All the Shots in DC
In the new political landscape, poultry workers have already managed to scuttle a Trump administration reform that would’ve made their jobs even more dangerous.
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"With deep ties to natural resource-based economies, farmers and rural communities are on the front lines of the climate crisis." (Photo: <a href="">Suzie's Farm</a>/cc/Flickr) Views
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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The methane burps of cows and other livestock are a signficant contributor to global warming. (Photo: Fernando filmmaker/Shutterstock) Views
Global Food System Emissions Alone Threaten Warming Beyond 1.5°C—But We Can Act Now To Stop It
We have to switch the energy sources powering farms and food production from fossil fuels to renewables, while halting the deforestation that creates new farmland.
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The level of suffering the vast majority of chickens in our nation’s food supply chain endure is unimaginable to most—and it’s cruelty that shouldn’t exist. (Photo: Food & Water Watch) Views
Half a Million Chickens Will Be Boiled Alive This Year
It’s time for these corporations to transition away from the cruel, outdated practices of factory farming, adopt much stronger animal welfare policies, and ultimately focus their energy on expanding their plant-based alternatives—all of which will help reduce this widespread, unfathomable suffering.
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JBS, the world’s largest meatpacking corporation, has refused to compensate the families of employees who died after contracting COVID at its facility in Colorado. (Photo: Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Views
Here's How Meatpacking Corporations Could Protect Workers From COVID-19—and What They're Doing Instead
It’s time for our elected officials to pass enforceable workplace protections like those in the HEROES Act to make sure workers are able to stay safe, maintain social distance, and access paid sick leave.
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The Wisconsin initiative is not the first time farmers have joined with meatpacking workers to demand stronger COVID-19 protections. (Photo: TumblingRun/flickr/cc) Views
Farmers and Meatpackers Are Teaming Up
During the pandemic and recession, farmers are realizing they have more in common with immigrant meatpackers than agribusiness CEOs.
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Our next president must work to empower small-scale independent farmers and growers who use more humane and sustainable practices to transform and secure our food system.(Photo: KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images) Views
We Deserve to Know Where Trump and Biden Stand on Factory Farming
Countless studies have shown factory farming’s contribution to climate change, emitting more greenhouse gases than all the transportation in the world combined.
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