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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.

The Carnivore Diet: What Is It, and Is It Healthier Than a Vegan Diet?

The carnivore diet has taken the world by storm. But what is this diet and is it healthy?

Cattle Feedlots: What Are They and How Long Do Cattle Stay in Feedlots?

U.S. feedlots house over 13 million cattle annually, maximizing growth before slaughter.

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6 of the Worst Facts About Factory Farms 

More than 21,000 factory farms raise and slaughter billions of livestock animals each year in the U.S.

how many chickens are killed each year?

How Many Chickens Are Killed Each Year?

Over 8 billion chickens are killed each year by the food industry.

Insect Farming

Insect Farming: What Types of Bugs Are Farmed?

Each year, over a trillion insects are farmed for human consumption.

12 Climate Solutions

12 Solutions to Climate Change

Here are 12 of the most effective ways to fix climate change. Everyone can help.

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Methane Pollution: Why Is Methane Bad for the Environment?

Methane is responsible for 30 percent of global warming since pre-industrial times. Emissions sources include natural gas, landfills and cattle farming.

what is a sustainable diet

The 4 Key Definitions of a Sustainable Diet

These four definitions will put you on the right path.

dairy farming

Why Is Dairy Farming Bad?

Dairy farming is the practice of raising animals such as cows, goats and buffalo to produce milk for human consumption.

Photographs of animal use from the Coulston Foundation, a former animal testing laboratory.

Explainer: What Is Animal Testing? How Many Animals Die Each Year?

Vaccines, medications and cosmetics are commonly tested on animals even though the process is cruel, unreliable and often inaccurate.

guide to vegan nutrition

A Guide to Vegan Nutrition: How to Get the Nutrients You Need to Stay Healthy

If you’re looking to try a vegan diet, read this guide first.

poultry farming

How Many Poultry Farms Are There in the U.S.?

Poultry farming is a popular method of food production that raises billions of animals each year for meat.

Why Is Eating Meat Bad For the Environment and Climate Change?

Meat consumption is contributing to the accelerating climate crisis.

Why Is Cattle Farming Bad for the Environment?

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

What Is Land Use Change, and What Causes It?

Over the last few centuries, human activity has caused land use change on an unnatural scale.

what is veal

Where Does Veal Come From?

In this explainer, we answer the question what is veal?

what is speciesism

What Is Speciesism?

Speciesism is the idea that only humans are worthy of moral consideration.

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions

How Much Does the U.S. Contribute to Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

A breakdown of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by state, sector, year and type of gas.

oyster farming

What Are the Environmental Impacts of Oyster Farming?

Oyster farming produces few greenhouse gas emissions but that doesn’t mean it’s good for the planet.

Is aquaculture good or bad?

Is Aquaculture Good or Bad?

In 2015, more than 100 million metric tons of fish were produced from aquaculture operations.

Aquafarming: What Is It and What Are Its Negative Effects?

Fish and other marine life are farmed in the billions, in the water-based equivalent of factory farming seen on land.

Shrimp Farming: Is Farm-Raised Shrimp Bad for You?

Communities around the world have raised and captured shrimp for centuries. Recent decades and growing demand have given rise to intensive shrimp farming.

Farmed Salmon

Farmed Salmon: Is It Bad for You and the Environment?

70 percent of the world’s salmon comes from farmed fish operations.

What Is Mariculture?

What Is Mariculture and What Are Its Environmental Effects?

Mariculture refers to the farming of fish, plants and other animals in salt water for human consumption.

animal ag contribute climate change

How Much Does Animal Agriculture Contribute to Climate Change?

Animal agriculture is responsible for 16.5 percent of all global greenhouse emissions.

commercial fishing

Commercial Fishing: What You Need to Know

The global commercial fishing industry is valued at $150 billion per year. Here’s why it’s wrecking the planet.

factory farm cow

What Is Factory Farming and Why Is it Bad?

The vast majority of farmed animals are raised on crowded factory farms that cause climate emissions and environmental pollution.

climate change

What Is Climate Change and How Do We Solve It?

The effects of climate change are real and on the rise. Scientists recommend a number of climate solutions to limit global warming.

turkey farming

How Are Turkeys Farmed?

The amount of turkey meat consumed has increased 104 percent since 1970 — virtually all sourced from animals raised on factory farms.

ag-gag laws

Ag-Gag Laws: What Are They and Which States Still Have Them?

So called “ag-gag” laws criminalize elements of undercover investigations like taking photographs and recording video in factory farms.

egg production

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.

are mcdonald's fries vegan

Are McDonald’s Fries Vegan?

Is anything at McDonald’s vegan? This guide has answers.

cattle ranching terrible biodiversity

Cattle Ranching Is Actually Terrible for Biodiversity

Over 1.5 million cattle graze on public lands to the detriment of biodiversity — wiping out native wildlife and destabilizing ecosystems.

is alcohol vegan

Is Alcohol Vegan?

Wondering which alcoholic drinks are vegan? This guide can help.

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21 Vegan Bodybuilders Show It’s Better To Be a Vegan Bodybuilder

A growing number of vegan bodybuilders prove you can meet the body’s protein requirements without meat.

is honey vegan

Is Honey Vegan?

Honey is largely produced by bees living in manmade hives that are very different from their natural habitats.

bullfighting

Is Bullfighting Cruel to the Bull?

Though bullfighting is often portrayed as a fair fight between man and animal, the bull experiences stress, physical pain and, ultimately, death.

what foods are made from gelatin

What Is Jell-O Made of?

Jell-O is made from gelatin, an ingredient that comes from the bones, skin and connective tissues of farmed animals.

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Could Veganism Solve World Hunger?

Increasing adoption of vegan diets and curbing food waste are two powerful ways to combat world hunger

vegan leather

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.

animal agriculture

Does Animal Agriculture Cause Climate Change and Pandemics?

The global animal agriculture industry rakes in billions of dollars while putting the environment and human health at risk.

chicken

Just Like Puppies and Kittens, Young Chickens Like to Play Too

A new study found chickens are playful creatures who run, jump, wrestle and play with toys.

vegetarian dish

Vegetarianism: Why Are There So Many Different Types of Vegetarian Diets?

There are many different versions of vegetarianism, and a wide range of benefits from adopting a more plant-rich diet.

dairy cow

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.

broiler chicken

Is Costco Chicken Good or Bad for You?

Is Costco’s chicken healthy? The wholesaler’s practices aren’t good for chickens or the workers who raise these birds, and there are plenty of healthy plant-based alternatives to choose instead.

ecosystems

Humans Destroying Ecosystems: How to Measure Our Impact on the Environment

Human activities like industrialized animal farming are causing the destruction of ecosystems worldwide, including as many as 1 million plant and animal species.

turkey

Turkey Lifespan: How Long Do Turkeys Live Before Slaughter

Turkeys can live for decades in the wild but, when raised for food, these creatures are slaughtered as young as 12 weeks old.

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Join Sentient Media’s New Course: Labor Rights Within Animal Protection

This course explores the contemporary labor landscape and workers’ rights in the animal protection movement.

How Many Animals Are Killed for Food Every Day?

Every second, 271 animals are killed for food in the U.S. Millions more are killed every day. Find out why so many animals are killed and how it happens.