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One State. 525 Million Factory-Farmed Animals.

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Business is booming for factory farmers in North Carolina. Across the state, there are some 6,800 hog and poultry operations housing more than 525 million animals. That’s one factory farm every 8 square miles–and 52 chickens, turkeys, and pigs for every single North Carolinian.

525 million is a lot of animals to clean up after, and according to experts from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Waterkeeper Alliance, concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, do a horrendous job at containing the mess.

Book Review: Veganomics by Nick Cooney

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Take from the Director of Education for Mercy For Animals Nick Cooney, you may never look at vegans and vegetarians the same after reading this book. Veganomics: The Surprising Science of What Motivates Vegetarians, from the Breakfast Table to the Bedroom (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2013) is more than a carrot on a string, as the cover so cleverly depicts. It’s a tell-all full of real science for the most curious vegans and vegetarians.

Book Review: Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy

goat farm animalWe all have questions about why we are the way we are. Animal rights icon Melanie Joy has a few for why we treat animals the way we do in Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism (Conari Press 2011). Full of real, powerful portrayals of human behavior, this book is worth revisiting almost a decade after its first publication.

The Good Food Institute Is Disrupting the Meat Market for Good

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With its first call for proposals, the Good Food Institute (GFI) made history, awarding $3 million in funding to 14 scientists in plant- and cell-based meat research, the most money ever allocated to an open-access plant-based meat program.

The global non-profit, which focuses on transforming the food system with a team of scientists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and lobbyists, now embarks on a two-year exploration of critical questions for the future of plant- and cell-based research.

Research and development of new technologies will aid the complex production process. Their goal is simple: make it possible for more people to eat plant- and cell-based meat.

The Fight for a Livable World

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Climate change doesn’t start on an oil field or in a factory or on a farm. It starts with you and me.

The world isn’t as livable as it used to be, that is, if it stands to reason that a livable world is one in which the environment does not envelop our sense of self, where we can still live in homes and step outside to breathe fresh air.

Book Review: The Lives of Animals by J.M. Coetzee

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Few authors have captured the illustrious lives of animals in fiction. Leave it to Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee in The Lives of Animals (Princeton University Press 2016). Captivating and serious, yet full of beautiful description and South African character, this book does justice to Coetzee’s legacy as both a storyteller and philosopher.

Eating Meat Is Still the Norm. We Have to Change That.

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Changing your diet is hard, especially when it comes to meat. But people are doing it, some more successfully than others. What gets people to eat less meat?

It’s not enough to tell people that their choice to eat meat is harming the planet. Across the board, the number of people that cut meat out of there diets only to start eating it again later is high—too high. As many as five in six Americans try and fail to stop eating meat, according to the Humane Research Council.

Report: Can We Feed 10 Billion People a Healthy Diet?

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This week we’re trying something a little different. In place of a book review, we’re sharing the need-to-know on a paradigm-shifting report published earlier this month, Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems (EAT-Lancet Commission 2019) by Prof. Walter Willett, MD, Prof. Johan Rockström, PhD, Brent Loken, PhD, et al.

Upcoming Film: The Rise of the Animals

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Australian documentary filmmaker James Hyams is out to show us what it looks like when the hunters become the hunted. When humans fall victim to their own cruel devices, enslaved on factory farms, who will survive?

The scene is set. But part of the story of this film is that it cannot happen without your help. The musical scoring, the lighting, the special effects, it all costs money. For a film with such a distinct vegan message, a little help could go a long way. The project is approaching 80% of its funding goal. Check it out here on Indiegogo.

Corporate Sustainability and the Problem With Eating Meat

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The Climate A List recognizes the world’s most sustainable companies every year. Each of the companies on the A List–and it’s worth noting, not everyone passed with flying colors–are committed to environmental stewardship.

According to the Carbon Disclosure Project, which puts out the Climate A List, companies representing more than 50% of the global market cap are developing constructive approaches to climate change, water security, and deforestation. But what about meat?

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