Big Ag

Subsidized Slaughter: The Role of the State in Animal Agriculture

You can walk into a McDonald’s anywhere in the U.S. and buy a burger for $1. The plant-based alternative is far more expensive. Have you ever stopped to wonder why?

New Investigation Exposes One of the Darkest Corners of the Dairy Industry

The dairy industry works hard to convince consumers that its milk is cruelty-free. But a new investigation into the trade of days-old dairy calves tells a different story.

When 4-H Kids Choose Sanctuary Over Slaughter

Writer Jessica Scott-Reid has a message for 4-H children everywhere who dutifully raise farmed animals only to watch them sold off to the highest bidder: There is another option.

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Inside the Veal Industry: Where Dairy Calves Go to Die

If you are wondering what is veal or where does it come from, you’re in for a rude awakening. Veal is meat from baby cows, who are killed when they are between six and eight months old.

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Why You Should Care Where Your Eggs Come From

Low-welfare solutions like battery cages are still popular in the U.S., but there’s a reason you may not have seen one before. They cause animals so much pain that they must be kept completely out of sight.

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How Egg Production Became a $200-Billion Industry

Egg production is far from the idyllic image of a mother hen sitting atop her nest. Big Ag has corrupted the process, creating cheap eggs at the expense of billions of anguished chickens.

Why Are Farmers Embracing Regenerative Grazing?

Regenerative grazing’s central claim—that a properly managed herd will restore soil health and save the planet—has garnered a lot of attention lately. But some are still deeply skeptical.

Leave Fish in the Sea—and Farm Shellfish Instead?

Fish farming was supposed to be the industry’s saving grace, but instead of taking pressure off wild populations, it just caused more destruction. Would farming shellfish be more sustainable?

The Pet Food Industry Is Cutting Ties with Animal Agriculture

If cats and dogs were a country, they would be the fifth-largest meat consumer in the world, according to PLOS One. Could cultured meat help the pet food industry clean up its act?

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Meat Consumption in the U.S. Is Growing at an Alarming Rate

Burgers, bacon, steaks, and other meat products have recently come under scrutiny for their health, sustainability, and social justice issues. But meat consumption in the U.S. is still growing.