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The High Price of Cheap Factory Farmed Chicken

The High Price of Cheap Factory Farmed Chicken

Dr. Mercola Waking Times Demand for food at cheaper prices has dramatically altered the entire food chain. Today, food production revolves around efficiency—the ability to produce more for less. This mindset has significant ramifications for both animal and human health, and the environment. Today, nearly 65 billion animals worldwide, including cows, chickens, and pigs, are […]

6 Crimes Against Nature Perpetrated By The Food Industry

6 Crimes Against Nature Perpetrated By The Food Industry

Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet Waking Times While many procedures on factory farms are cruel, breeding animals into mutants and violating mother/offspring bonds are truly crimes against nature. The horrors of factory farming are multifold. Treating animals like heads of lettuce—”forget it’s an animal” says one farming magazine—has created institutionalized ruthlessness toward animals, workers and the environment at the […]

American Agriculture May Eradicate the Monarch Butterfly Unless Swift Action Is Taken

American Agriculture May Eradicate the Monarch Butterfly Unless Swift Action Is Taken

Dr. Mercola Waking Times You may be aware that bees are dying in large numbers across the globe, courtesy of the ever-increasing presence of toxins in our environment. But did you know that the monarch butterfly is also becoming endangered, and for the same reason? As reported by the New York Times:1 “Hoping to focus attention […]

Agrichemical Companies Have Destroyed Argentina’s Farming Towns With Soaring Cancer Rates And Quadrupling Birth Defects

Agrichemical Companies Have Destroyed Argentina’s Farming Towns With Soaring Cancer Rates And Quadrupling Birth Defects

Natasha Longo, Prevent Disease Waking Times Argentina’s agricultural industry was dramatically transformed by the introduction of genetically modified plants in 1996. A country once known for its grass-fed beef is now dominated by genetically engineered soy, corn and cotton. Farmers in the Latin American country use twice as much pesticide per acre as farmers in the […]

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Is Sustainable Agriculture an Oxymoron?

Is Sustainable Agriculture an Oxymoron?

Toby Hemenway, Guest Waking Times Jared Diamond calls it “the worst mistake in the history of the human race.”(1) Bill Mollison says that it can “destroy whole landscapes.”(2) Are they describing nuclear energy? Suburbia? Coal mining? No. They are talking about agriculture. The problem is not simply that farming in its current industrial manifestation is destroying […]

Ag-Gag Lawsuit Challenges Corporate Attempts to Criminalize Free Speech and Journalism

Ag-Gag Lawsuit Challenges Corporate Attempts to Criminalize Free Speech and Journalism

Will Potter, Green Is The New Red Waking Times The first lawsuit against ag-gag laws will be filed in Utah today, arguing that it is unconstitutional to criminalize investigative journalists and animal welfare advocates who expose cruelty at factory farms and slaughterhouses. The lawsuit brings together activists, academics, and journalists who are directly targeted by the law: […]

Superweeds Spreading at Warp Speed

Superweeds Spreading at Warp Speed

Linda Wells, Pesticide Action Network Waking Times The near-exponential spread of herbicide-resistant “superweeds” across U.S. farmland is reminding us all that no matter how much the Big 6 pesticide corporations invest in research and development, they can’t outsmart Mother Nature. In just the past two years, the number of fields with glyphosate-resistant weeds has doubled. Farmers reported these […]

By May 29, 2013 6 Comments Read More →
Industrial Agriculture

Industrial Agriculture

Pesticide Action Network Waking Times Humans have been farming for 10,000 years. Sixty years ago, after World War II, we started industrializing U.S. farming operations through a mix of policy decisions and accidents of history. This method of farming is neither inevitable nor efficient. More to the point, it can’t be sustained. Industrial agriculture treats […]

By January 30, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Factory Farms Produce 100 Times More Waste than U.S. Population

Factory Farms Produce 100 Times More Waste than U.S. Population

Mike Barrett Waking Times If you thought you were a major contributor to pollution, just wait until you hear this. Factory farms produce 100 times more waste than every single person in the United States combined. The amount of waste produced by these factories is in such mass quantities that it is virtually impossible to […]

By May 29, 2012 0 Comments Read More →