industrial livestock production
Industrial livestock operations (aka factory farms) threaten human health, damage the environment, degrade rural communities and compromise animal welfare. This series explores the issue... in all its manure-spewing, pestilent repugnance.
Meet Kelly Hunter Foster, senior attorney at Waterkeeper Alliance. Kelly manages several campaigns, including Clean Water Act-related legal actions against the government and polluters. Read on to learn what Kelly thinks can be done to hold agribusiness more accountable - and what inspires her.
There's no doubt about it, beef has a giant water footprint compared most other foods. Even still, that's not the end of the water conservation story. Here's why.
What does environmental justice mean and what does food have to do with it? In reality, problems of injustice that seem distant and abstract can be as close as your next meal.
We talk with David Kanter, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University, about the problems caused by nitrogen pollution and how we can better manage this critical resource.
A new USDA pilot program allows line speeds at hog processing facilities to operate at speeds too high to ensure food or worker safety. Tell Hormel to slow down the lines and make them safe!
The growing demand for beef and other meat is negatively impacting tropical rainforests and accelerating climate change. But the good news? There are choices you can make today to help!
Join Oxfam America in demanding fair, safe working conditions for poultry workers!
A group of North Carolina citizens is claiming that the state's $3 billion pork industry is disposing of hog waste in a way that disproportionately affects communities of color, and that the efforts to address the problem with government officials are being stalled by the pork industry.
Agribusiness has lobbied to enact ag gag legislation to prevent whistleblowers from exposing abuses that occur on factory farms. Learn more about these laws and the efforts to oppose them!
Professor Roni Neff expected it would be easy for her to get some meatless fare at the COP21 climate talks in Paris - but she was mistaken. See why she calls for a reduction in meat-eating to lower climate emissions.
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.
Food produced by industrial agriculture can often be cheap, but that doesn't mean that it's not costly to the environment. Read about a new report that totals up the hidden costs that are largely left off the books.
Major supermarkets mislead consumers by marketing factory farmed chicken as "natural" or "antibiotic free." Tell the supermarket CEOs to offer more humanely raised chicken at their stores!
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.
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.
Use Food & Water Watch's latest factory farm map to find out where in the US industrial livestock operations exist.