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Karen Friedland: Ahimsa

You could say
it was a vegetarian’s revenge

September 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Christian Kroll: Agriculture is broken, but we can fix it

I remember cycling past corn fields on my way to school. What ten-year-old me didn’t realise, of course, is that the huge machines and the beautiful, tidy monotony of the … Continue reading

October 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Steven Nadler: We have an ethical obligation to relieve individual animal suffering

Last winter, unforgettable video footage online showed a starving polar bear, struggling in its Arctic hunting grounds. Because of global warming, the ice was thin and the food supply was … Continue reading

August 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Butchery of the Planet

Defending the living world and its people requires a shift from meat to a plant-based diet. Whether human beings survive this century and the next, whether other lifeforms can live … Continue reading

June 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

David R. Montgomery: Healthy soil is the real key to feeding the world

One of the biggest modern myths about agriculture is that organic farming is inherently sustainable. It can be, but it isn’t necessarily. After all, soil erosion from chemical-free tilled fields … Continue reading

March 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sarah van Gelder: I Was Wrong About the Rural–Urban Divide

Wisconsin dairy farmers reminded me not to allow Fox News and the NRA to define groups of people. I thought I knew something about Wisconsin politics. I assumed the state … Continue reading

March 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Smart Chickens, Playful Pigs, Social Cows, Feeling Fish

Smart Chickens Like all birds, chickens are smart animals with complex and meaningful social relationships. In fact, their intelligence is so advanced that a recent study by the University of … Continue reading

August 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Paige M. Tomaselli: You have a Constitutional Right to Record and Report Illegal Activity at Factory Farms

Ag-gag laws have become an increasingly prevalent way for factory farms and slaughterhouses to hide unsafe, inhumane animal treatment practices. But on August 5, a federal judge declared that Idaho’s … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Fowl Deeds

The astonishing, multiple crises caused by chicken farming. It’s the insouciance that baffles me. To participate in the killing of an animal: this is a significant decision. It spreads like … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Using the Legal System to Fight Factory Farms

In 2001, Michele Merkel worked as an attorney for the Environmental Protection Agency on a case where farmers were suing huge factory farms for polluting the community’s air and water. … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Spy Drones Expose Smithfield Foods Factory Farms

First published on Dec 17, 2014 Since 2012, the director of “Speciesism: The Movie” has been secretly using spy drones to investigate and expose the environmental devastation caused by factory … Continue reading

December 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: Arsenic, dioxin, illegal hormones fed to chickens

Dr. Michael Greger reports that new lab results show that many chickens raised in factory farms have been fed illegal substances including arsenic, dioxin, and hormones that cause vaginal cancer. … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

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