black and white steers gaining weight on beef feedlot in central Colorado

Six Greenwashing Terms Big Ag Is Bringing to COP28

Debunking the key concepts the world’s largest food and farming companies will be using to sway debates at the climate summit.

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What You Need to Know About the Meat Industry-Funded ‘Protein Pact’

It’s the latest tactic to downplay meat’s climate impact

image of dairy cow about to drink from trough, Colorado river water crisis

Dairy Farms Are Still Draining the Colorado River Dry, Says New Report

More than 40 million people depend on this vital U.S. waterway.

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A California Bill Could Reveal Corporate America’s Climate Secrets

The requirement to disclose scope 3 emissions — from the cows, not just the kitchen — is what’s rankling the food and agriculture industry.

Global Development Banks Could Boost 'Climate-Friendly' Pork and Chicken

Global Development Banks Turn to ‘Climate-Friendly’ Pork and Poultry

A new report uncovers global climate investors looking to boost industrial pork and poultry.

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What Is Carbon Neutral Milk?

Milk and meat brands are turning to climate labels like “carbon neutral” and “net zero” to boost sales. But what do these terms actually mean?

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Danone’s New Climate Plan Doesn’t Deal With the Cows

Experts worry the pledge to slash methane encourages “unproven techno-fixes” over systemic solutions.

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Rabobank Bankrolling Meat Industry’s Biggest Emitters

New research shows Rabobank provided global meat and dairy corporations with billions in financing.

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What’s the Best Way to Measure Methane From Cattle Burps?

Methane stays in the atmosphere for around 12 years, which can make it a tricky gas to calculate.

Why Is Cattle Farming Bad for the Environment?

Cattle farming is the leading driver of deforestation and food-related climate emissions.

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How “Sustainable” Wool Wipes Out Wildlife and Pumps Out Emissions

Marketed to consumers as “sustainable,” this “climate-beneficial” wool is polluting the land and killing wildlife.

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No, Vegan Leather Is Not Greenwashing

Despite what you may have read in a few viral Twitter threads, animal leather is not more sustainable than vegan leather.

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What Are the Environmental Impacts of Dairy Farming?

The global dairy industry is responsible for rising rates of water and air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and degraded farmland.

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Millions of Factory Farm Animals Are Living in Drought. Here’s What That Looks Like.

“We’re in an apocalyptic phase for animals in CAFOs.”

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What Is Cashmere Made of and Why Shouldn’t You Buy It?

Intensive farming may have made cashmere more affordable, but overgrazing has also led to widespread environmental damage and animal suffering.

Land burned to be cleared for animal agriculture in September near Porto Velho

Amazon Deforestation: Why Is the Rainforest Being Destroyed?

Deforestation continues to wipe out the Amazon rainforest at alarming rates — threatening to release climate emissions and wipe out wildlife and Indigenous communities.


What Are the Causes and Effects of Deforestation?

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, especially clearing land for cattle and soy to feed farmed animals.

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How Does Livestock Farming Affect Climate Change?

Animal farming is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, including methane and nitrous oxide.

Madagascar Deforestation

How Does Agriculture Affect Deforestation?

While there are many drivers of deforestation, a leading cause is animal agriculture.

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Deforestation in Amazon and Cerrado Reaches Record High

Officials say fires burning in the Amazon and Cerrado to clear land for soybean production—the primary ingredient in animal feed—have reached an all-time high.

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Is Fish Farming Bad for the Environment?

For years, fish farming was championed as a sustainable alternative to overfishing. But many advocates worry it has unseen consequences.

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Big Meat and Dairy Producers Tighten Their Grip on the Amazon

A new investigation finds that deforestation of the Amazon for soy farming has continued despite a moratorium. Big meat and dairy companies are largely to blame.

Environmental Impact of Dairy Farming: What You Didn’t Know

From an early age, we’re taught that milk is essential to our growth and development. What we’re not taught is where that milk comes from.

Wool Production Is Accelerating the Biodiversity Crisis

A new report from Collective Fashion Justice and the Center for Biological Diversity explores the wool industry’s “shear destruction” of indigenous plant and animal life.

In the Global Methane Pledge, Agriculture Should Be Front and Center

Animal agriculture is one of the leading sources of methane emissions, but world leaders have a bad habit of downplaying its impact or ignoring it entirely.

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First-Ever Net-Zero Certification Service Hopes to Increase Climate Accountability

The service offers companies “robust certification” capable of demonstrating that their net-zero target will reduce emissions at the pace and scale required to keep global warming to 1.5°C.

Is Animal Agriculture Sustainable?

Animal agriculture generates massive amounts of greenhouse gases, despite the industry’s recent efforts to clean up its act.

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How Factory Farms in America Drive Deforestation in Brazil

The fires in Brazil are part of a global problem, one which highlights the direct link between deforestation and loss of ecosystems with dietary choices made thousands of miles away.

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A Closer Look at Factory Farming’s Environmental Impact

Factory farming is part of a global food system that prioritizes cheap food at the expense of animal welfare, society, and the environment.

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How Does Cattle Farming Impact the Environment?

The conditions in which cows are farmed are detrimental to the air, water, habitat, and soil. Experts say the industry has been slow to adapt.

Young cows at a dairy farm.

Potty Training Cows Isn’t Going to Fix the Climate Crisis

Potty training cows to curb emissions seems like a harmless idea, but it’s no silver bullet. In fact, it does more to distract from the problem than solve it.

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New Film Puts Environmental Impact of Animal Agriculture Center Stage

The environmental impact of animal agriculture is hard to ignore. “Eating Our Way To Extinction,” a new documentary narrated by Kate Winslet, shows us why.

Big Ag’s Biogas Boondoggle

The last thing we needed was Big Oil and Big Ag on the same team. Now, they’ve joined forces in a dangerous attempt to greenwash the factory farming industry.

Will McDonald’s Ever Stop Expanding?

McDonald’s has around 1,300 restaurants in the UK alone, serving three million beef patties to 3.5 million customers daily. Unfortunately, it’s showing no signs of slowing down.

A group of piglets in a pen at a farm in Italy

Danish Activists Sue Pork Giant Danish Crown Over Climate Slogans

In June, three Danish sustainability organizations filed Denmark’s first climate lawsuit against Danish Crown, accusing the meat company of greenwashing and deceptive marketing.

A chicken barn.

The New Push to Greenwash Factory Farming

Factory farming is trying to clean up its act by turning methane emissions into biogas. But the promise of sustainability could be doing more harm than good.

The Food We Feed Farmed Animals Has a Massive Environmental Impact

A surprisingly large percentage of greenhouse gas emissions comes from the food we feed farmed animals. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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How Animal Agriculture Is Accelerating the Climate Crisis

Move over, fossil fuels. The meat and dairy industries have a much bigger part to play in the climate crisis than most people are willing to admit.

Climate Groups Finally Recognize the Link Between Factory Farming and Climate Change

We’ve long counted on climate groups to model what a sustainable future looks like—one where single-use plastics are rare and electric cars are business as usual. But what about the way we eat?

JBS Promises to Stop Destroying the Environment—in 14 Years

JBS, the largest meat company on the planet, recently committed to achieving zero deforestation across its global supply chain by 2035. Critics say by then it may be too late.

chicken farm

Can Chicken Farming Really Be Sustainable?

Despite the industry’s best efforts to hide behind labels that make chicken farming appear more eco-friendly, it still has devastating consequences for animals and the environment.


Biochar: A Valuable Tool in the Fight Against Climate Change

As transformative and applicable as biochar may be, it will have little effect on the overall sustainability of our food system if agricultural practices otherwise remain the same.

Charcoal producers trying to put out a fire that spread from illegal burning

Deforestation and Disease Are Leading to Global Economic Uncertainty

Deforestation is a global problem. If it increases the risk of disease, which we now know it does, then the prognosis is more economic catastrophe.

Another Failed Attempt to Greenwash Beef

Follow along as climate researchers debunk another industry-backed study bragging about the perceived benefits of regenerative agriculture.

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No, 100 Companies Are Not Responsible for 71% of Emissions

Variations on a meme claiming that 100 companies are responsible for 71 percent of greenhouse gas emissions have become ubiquitous on the internet. The problem is, they may not be true.

How Big Pesticide Companies Are Lobbying to Become Climate Leaders

Pesticide producers have a long history of lobbying against environmental regulations. Now, they’re using power and influence to manipulate legitimate climate strategies for their own ends.

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How Grass-Fed Beef Is Duping Consumers, Again

Meat producers are trying to trick the rapidly growing sector of eco-conscious consumers into believing that they are partners in the solution to climate change. And people are eating it up.

Overhead view of cattle farm

The Beef Industry’s Latest Climate ‘Solution’: Kill Cows Younger

A new carbon-cutting proposal by a beef association shows that the industry isn’t really looking for climate solutions. It’s trying to maximize profits.


Agribusiness Is Trying to Greenwash Its Waste as “Renewable Energy”

The industry’s quiet campaign to greenwash its image has a new partner in crime: the emerging biogas industry.

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What Are Meat and Dairy Companies Doing to Reduce Emissions?

Danone, Tyson, and other food giants have promised to reduce emissions in their supply chain, as part of an industry-wide push for sustainability. Will they deliver?