factory farm

Once upon a time, there were carnivores and vegetarians, and they ruled the gastronomic globe. Either you ate meat or you didn’t; there were hardly any other choices. If you felt queasy about factory farms, you either opted out of meat altogether or you ate meat that didn’t match your morals.  But now, thanks to some creative thinking and a rise in small-scale farms, an eater can choose from a number of “third ways” of eating meat. They can be a flexitarian, a pesecetarian, or the latest “arian” to come on the scene:  a humaneitarian – a person who eats meat only if it’s been humanely raised. Humaneitarians are motivated by their concern for farm animals. They figure out what “...
Lynn Henning, a 52-year-old family farmer from Clayton, Michigan, has been recognized as the North American winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work tracking the effects of factory farm pollution in rural Michigan. The Goldman Environmental Prize honors grassroots environmentalists and is annually awarded to six recipients, one from each inhabited continent. The prestigious award is often regarded as the Nobel Prize for environmental work. In the late 1990s, CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) started opening near the Henning Farm in rural Michigan. Twelve ended up within a ten-mile radius of her small farm, where Henning has lived and farmed with her husband and...
"The food safety system in the U.S. is underfunded, overwhelmed, and in desperate need of new powers to keep us safe as Americans," said Illinois senator Dick Durbin at a Chicago grocery store last weekend, according to ABC News. Durbin is the sponsor for the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) that will be debated by the full U.S. Senate as early as next week. Durbin's assessment of the food system is unfortunately quite accurate. Andrew Kimbrell, the Center for Food Safety's executive director, writes on the Huffington Post, "70 million Americans are sickened, 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 die from food-borne illness every year." The Food Modernization Bill would expand the...