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Food mega-wholesaler Sysco pledges to liberate pigs from crates

The last year has seen a wave of companies reject one of the worst factory farm practices out there. But Sysco's pledge might have the most impact yet.

Why should EPA regulators investigate factory farm pollution when they can go get a beer instead?

The EPA doesn't know where most factory farms are, nor what they're polluting -- and yet it just reversed a rule that would have helped clean water regulators find out.

New report: The Farm Bureau not a true friend to farmers

Despite its name, the American Farm Bureau Federation is more likely to side with the insurance industry than it is with farmers.

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Would you eat lab-grown meat?

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Meatifest destiny: How Big Meat is taking over the Midwest

With more factory farms, bigger meat processing facilities, and growing numbers of immigrant workers, it looks like Cargill and Co. might be priming the Midwest to produce meat for the world.

Your meat on drugs: Will grocery stores cut out antibiotics?

A new campaign targets Trader Joe's, with an interest in prompting industry-wide change.

Food has gotten cheaper — but at what cost?

Americans now spend just under 9 percent of our income on food, about 30 percent less than we did in 1982. But is this a good thing?