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New Documentary Transforms Cows From Methane Machines to Sentient Beings

In Cow, a documentary filmed over four years on a British dairy farm, director Andrea Arnold explores what it means for Luma, a farmed animal, to be truly seen.

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How a Radical New Approach to Gardening Is Helping Communities of Color Heal

In Britain, Black people and people of color’s ability and desire to connect with the land is complicated. But those wounds are finally beginning to heal.

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Vegans Are Buying Grazing Land and Giving It Back to Nature

In Britain, a crowdfunding campaign called the Vegan Land Movement is buying out grazing land from farmers to rewild it. The transition is proving more complicated than they expected.

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.

Animal Agriculture Was Critically Ignored at COP26—But Why?

At COP26, writer Alex Lockwood said one thing was abundantly clear: Animal agriculture is still too taboo to talk about critically at climate negotiations.

Why Serving Meat at a Climate Conference Is a Problem

Reducing meat consumption should be at the top of every world leader’s climate agenda—but it’s not. And the more we ignore the problem, the larger it grows.

What Happens When Eating Less Meat Becomes Politically Popular

Many of the promises made at COP26—like the pledge to end deforestation—won’t be possible until we all start eating less meat.

How the ‘Eat Local’ Food Myth Led to COP26’s Menu Failure

COP26 chose to serve attendees some of the world’s most climate-damaging foods. A closer look at the menu reveals why.

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.

Plant-Based Companies Call Attention to ‘the Cow in the Room’ at COP26

Animal agriculture is often left out of critical conversations about the climate crisis—including COP26. Plant-based food companies are calling for change.

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Animals Play Crucial Role in Maintaining a Healthy Environment

Animals play an essential role in maintaining a healthy environment. Among other ways, they help with pollination, pest control, and climate control.

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8 Incredibly Obvious Climate Solutions Governments Often Ignore

In advance of COP26, we compiled a list of climate actions that governments around the world can take to protect the planet from the disastrous impacts of animal agriculture.

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Overfishing Was Bad for Marine Life. Now It’s Getting Worse.

Consumers are increasingly aware of where their foods come from, and many are now turning the spotlight on the fishing industry for destructive practices like overfishing.

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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.

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There Is No Such Thing as Sustainable Beef

The beef industry is trying to clean up its image by promising that it’s doing more to help the climate crisis than hurt it. Science says otherwise.

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Can We Turn Plastic Waste Into Edible Protein?

A team of scientists has developed a surprisingly simple process to convert plastic waste into edible protein. The applications could be revolutionary.

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.

What Is COP26 and Why Does It Matter? The Complete Guide

Everything you need to know about the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference seeking to forge a global response to the climate emergency.

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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.

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UN Food Systems Summit Kicks Off Amid Controversy

With the much-anticipated Summit underway, the UN now faces the difficult task of reconciling its support for the meat and dairy industry with its own development goals.

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Aquatic Animal Welfare Is Important Part of Fight for Sustainability

New report released by the Aquatic Life Institute underscores the importance of aquatic animal welfare in achieving global sustainable development goals.

Most Farm Subsidies Are “Harmful” to People and the Planet, Says UN

The agricultural sector receives around $540 billion in support each year. But according to a new UN report, this funding comes at a significant cost to the environment and human health.

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Connecting the Dots Between Climate Change and Animal Agriculture

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we need to change the way we eat. Councilman Justin Brannan has a message for the people of New York City: “Let’s get it done.”

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Saving the Planet While Ignoring Two-Thirds of It

While most of the climate crisis attention is focused on land, many of the best fixes lie in the oceans. Perhaps it’s time to think of the oceans in a radically new way: as part of the solution.

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.

Reducing Meat Consumption Would Free Up More Land for Climate Solutions

The message of the climate movement is clear: stop fossil fuel extraction and move to renewable energies. This is a great message, and a good start, but it’s not enough.