Animal Agriculture

And a class action settlement means consumers could be entitled to a payout.
Now grown up, Theo treats the farm tractor like his "personal Tonka toy."
Bernie seems to take a fairly common -- and deceptive -- route these days when it comes to animal agriculture: he criticizes the boogeyman of "factory farming" while leaving his favorite "family farms" untouched.
If Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon, has his way, thousands of drones could soon be hurtling through the airspace above our heads, delivering millions of packages to Amazon's customers. Instead of having to wait the eternity of a day to receive their orders, consumers could get them in 30 minutes, or less.
Such radical gyrations in the climate are already causing unseen suffering and hardship for countless of the earth's inhabitants. Millions of people have been displaced from their homes or lost their livelihoods as a result of one degree of warming.
With a message that animal agriculture is destroying the planet, vegans were out in full force at climate marches this weekend. Marches were held around the world in advance of the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Paris.
This Monday, animal advocates released a shocking investigation showing widespread cruelty at what some would consider the most unlikely of places -- a top-rated Whole Foods turkey supplier.
The recently published encyclical has some astonishing statements. While I differ with the Vatican on a number of issues, I cannot diminish the incredible stand the new Pope has taken on issues of global injustice, the environment, animal welfare and poverty.
Two and a half years ago, when I announced my intention to give away $1000 a day to an individual change-maker, every day for the rest of my life, people thought I was nuts.
When the commercial and residential sectors are responsible for a mere 20 percent of the state's water use, shorter showers will offer barely more than a drop in the near-empty bucket. The real culprit is not the water wastage in our bathtubs and fountains, or even on our golf courses -- it's on our plates.
Animal agriculture is responsible for producing more climate change gases than every car, boat, bus, truck, motorcycle and airplane on the planet. Combined.
If people truly were concerned about global climate change and the environment then ignoring the horrific impacts of animal agriculture let alone the inherent cruelty involved is ... well, alarming and more than a little foolish.
The majority of environmental effects of agriculture are concentrated in a few countries, driven by select commodities, the
I like innovation. I even like small amounts of meat, Bittman-style. But, I'll say it: I am not a fan of meat substitutes
Is it up to the consumer, the farmer, or the state to determine what constitutes animal cruelty? Abuse is inherent in the making of the factory farm, and it's the publics' right to see it, and decide if they can stomach the level at which it's happening.
When most people think of a farm, it's fresh eggs and produce in the morning, milking cows, and, sometimes, sending animals to slaughter. Not so if you're an intern at Farm Sanctuary, a vegan-run haven for rescued animals.
We must ask ourselves why we make arbitrary distinctions between the animals that allow some to end up in our homes and others to end up on our plates. If you wouldn't accept this treatment for an animal in front of you, why accept it for an animal behind closed doors?
With our food system the way it currently is, there are many reasons to be angry about industrialized animal agriculture. Check out the slideshow to get informed about the issues surrounding factory farming and learn how to get involved.