Nicaragua to crack down on conflict beef

After dozens of Indigenous people were murdered in land disputes, Nicaragua has moved to monitor its cattle industry. Beef raised on protected lands likely made its way to U.S. consumers.
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Brazilian and international banks financing global deforestation: Reports

Some of the world’s biggest banks have invested US$153.2 billion in forest-risk companies in Brazil, Southeast Asia, and Central and West Africa since the Paris Climate Agreement was signed in 2016.

Conflict beef from Nicaragua feeds US market amid pandemic

Nicaraguan beef, raised on lands violently stolen from Indigenous communities, is making its way into American grocery stores.

How Morgan Stanley is linked to deforestation in the Amazon

Investors with strong influence in the Amazon have resisted calls for reform, including Morgan Stanley, a shareholder in two of the three largest beef producers in Brazil.


Dave Dickey: BK’s heart is in the right place

If you live in one of our nation's urban areas – Miami, Austin, Los Angeles, New York or Portland you might have seen on TV this little ditty promoting Burger King's newest offering, the “Wopper with Reduced Methane Emissions Beef."

Will COVID-19 make Big Meat look like a bad investment?

FAIRR wants investors to consider environmental and social risks associated with industrial animal agriculture—and it’s using the pandemic to bolster its case.

Alternative meat and dairy companies are raking in investment

While total VC funding is down because of the pandemic, money is pouring into plant-based and alternative meat and dairy startups.

COVID-19 shows no sign of slowing among food-system workers

The nation is in various stages of reopening as the number of new COVID-19 cases falls in some regions. Yet among the vulnerable workers who produce our food, the pandemic is still raging.

Nicaraguan beef, grazed on deforested and stolen land, feeds global demand

Major multinational companies are at risk of sourcing Nicaraguan beef from indigenous regions consumed by settler occupation and mass deforestation.

Industrial meat 101: Could large livestock operations cause the next pandemic?

Novel viruses have been emerging in CAFOs for years. Advocates say coronavirus should act as a wake-up call.

Cheap chicken, beef came at a cost. How American meat plants bred coronavirus hot spots

The same features that allow a steady churn of cheap meat also provide the perfect breeding ground for airborne diseases like the coronavirus.

With coronavirus roiling food supply, local agriculture seeks resurgence

Coronavirus outbreaks in meatpacking facilities and shortages in groceries are driving some consumers to reconsider local food options.

Beef and beer are the biggest greenhouse gas emitters in Pittsburgh's food system, says study

The data collected information to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Allegheny County.

Climate change: The worst foods for the planet

Avoiding high-emissions foods can have a huge climate impact.
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