Over the past 50 years, mega-corporations have placed a firm hold on the pork industry, leaving many pig farmers in financial ruin.
Because of factory farming, people can eat low-cost fish, chicken, beef, pork, and other animal-based foods, but at the expense of the environment, animal welfare, and marginalized peoples.
Farming was a sustainable way of life until corporate agriculture came knocking. Now, farmers are caught in the gears of an industry that prioritizes cheap crops and labor above all else.
The meat industry is controlled by a few deeply connected corporations that wreak havoc on the planet and exploit workers and marginalized communities without consequence.
Dairy farmers work long hours in dangerous conditions, while animals are constantly impregnated and then separated from their young.
For years, chicken farmers have been organizing and sacrificing their livelihoods to speak out about how far big businesses will go in their search for profits. When will we listen?
Big Ag didn’t just put small farmers out of business. They changed a way of life in rural America and made it harder to fight climate change.
Like the Impossible Burger, cultivated meat is an industry-led technological innovation that will make it easier to cut animals out of your diet and eat meat, too.
Given the many negative impacts that industrial agriculture has on the environment, health, and animal welfare, its place in society is coming into question.
Americans have a long, complicated history of eating red meat, but as COVID-19 spread, beef consumption in the U.S. seems to have fallen. Could this be a turning point for the industry?