October saw a sobering report from the WWF showing an average decline of 69 percent across wildlife populations since 1970, primarily driven by habitat destruction for agriculture. Meanwhile Australia joined the U.S. and E.U. in pledging to slash methane emissions 30% by 2030, although according to another report, the E.U. are already on track to break that pledge.
This month also saw activists acquitted in a trial for rescuing piglets from Smithfield Foods in 2017, the EPA was sued over the lack of a plan to regulate water pollution from factory farms and in New Zealand farmers may have to pay for greenhouse gas emissions in a world-first.
Watch all this and more in our October media recap:
Here are the stories that caught our attention this month:
Pork processing plant employees can now perform meat inspections, a court has ruled, despite statistics that show this leads to more regulatory violations than in plants that just have federal inspections.
Meat giant JBS closed down Planterra Foods, maker of Ozo plant-based proteins.
New report reveals that two-thirds of cattle farms in the U.K.’s North Devon cause river pollution.
Dairy co-op Arla to pay farmers more for milk if climate targets are met.
Global regulator accepts that farmed fish feel pain, stress and anxiety and must be killed humanely.
Shocking farm footage shows piglets with cut tails and mothers crammed into tiny cages.
Bird flu ‘an urgent warning to move away from factory farming’.
Bird flu ‘prevention zone’ declared across Great Britain.
In the U.S., two activists were acquitted in a trial for taking piglets from Smithfield Foods back in 2017.
EPA sued over lack of plan to regulate water pollution from factory farms.
The Supreme Court continues to wrestle with California’s Prop 12.
In New Zealand, farmers may have to pay for greenhouse gas emissions in a world-first.
A new study of U.S. newspapers found that journalists are making the same mistake with dietary change as they did with climate change — ignoring the scientific consensus and presenting ‘both sides’ and, therefore, covering the issue as an open debate, also known as “false balance reporting.”
The cattle industry went after Google for a proposed feature that would flag beef emissions by automatically displaying the emission intensity of certain ingredients when users search for recipes.
A new report found that Latin America and the Caribbean must reduce beef emissions to meet pledges for net-zero by 2050.
Animal Rebellion protesters have poured milk on to shop floors in coordinated protest against climate change.
COP27 Farming Coalition under fire for links to climate science denial.
Thistle analyzed 30 years of livestock emissions data from the Environmental Protection Agency in the US.
New report reveals that US meat consumption undercuts our health and ability to lead global climate change.
New report shows food and farming is massively underfunded in climate plans.
Drought kills tens of thousands of salmon in a single Canadian creek.
A new analysis of nearly 99 percent of all food production on land and sea aims to capture the ecological footprint of what we eat. NYU researcher Matthew Hayek praised the study’s effort to measure both land and ocean ecosystems but said the approach underestimated some impacts, particularly from cattle grazing.
‘It’s not woke: Former U.K. Home Secretary Suella Braverman dig leaves bitter taste in Tory tofu capital, Malton, where 52% of soya bean curd bought in the UK is produced.
A new study finds that a campaign to promote plant-based meat increased sales by 57% but didn’t make a dent in meat consumption.
New report says cutting meat consumption to two burgers a week could help to save the planet.
Dr. Oz’s scientific experiments killed over 300 dogs.
Billions of snow crabs have disappeared from the waters around Alaska due to overfishing and global warming.
Cambodia calls for an end to wildlife consumption.
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Sentient Media editorial team.