Factory Farms

Blame it all on my roots: Local food sees a resurgence in the South

A growing cadre of farmers, chefs, activists, and consumers is moving Alabama back to its rich and sustainable agricultural heritage.

Thomas Keller

Chefs’ disregard for environment leaves a bad taste

When Thomas Keller, the iconic chef at The French Laundry, made a point to privilege flavor over sustainability in the New York Times recently, he did us all a disservice.

In Argentina, factory farms replacing grass-fed beef

Long known for its grass-fed beef, Argentina has traded in native grasslands for industrial soy farms and feedlots. Fortunately, some ranchers are holding on to tradition while preserving biodiversity.

Wasted milk produces as much CO2 as 20,000 cars

The time to start crying over spilled milk is NOW. According to researchers from the University of Edinburgh, wasted milk in the U.K. creates the equivalent of 110,000 tons of CO2 every year. That’s equivalent to the emissions from 20,000 …

‘Weight of the Nation’ takes a realistic look at a looming crisis

According to one critic, this four-part HBO series -- which begins tonight -- offers a systematic examination of the obesity epidemic.

Leaked letters suggest Maryland’s governor is henpecked by the chicken industry

In a state where the proliferation of industrial chicken houses is directly tied to the growing Chesapeake Bay dead zone, it might be helpful to have a governor who isn't close friends with a top Perdue executive.

Do the feds care about antibiotics in animal feed?

Did you know ethanol producers use antibiotics to control the fermentation process? Then those drugs end up in the grain by-products we're feeding to livestock and dairy cows? We asked the FDA if they have any plans to put a …

‘Food, Inc.’ chicken farmer has a new, humane farm

Carole Morison talks about her new pasture-based operation and the example she and her husband hope to set for other poultry farmers looking to change the industry.

It’s official: China now eats twice the meat we do

China's meat consumption has changed a lot in the last 20 years -- so much so that corn to feed industrially raised animals is now more prevalent than rice.