Ballot initiative could ban new hog farms in Utah County

Residents in one of Utah's least populated counties are gearing up for a vote this November on a ballot initiative that could have decades-long implications for future growth.

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Proposed new poultry farm in Chatham County: 750,000 birds, taxpayer-funded — and lots of secrets

Although not the farmer, Sen. Tom McInnis of Richmond County owns the land for a proposed poultry farm near Goldston in Chatham County.


These agribusiness groups with ties to climate denial are trying to influence the US-UK trade deal

These groups represent industries worth billions of dollars, and are supported by some of the world's largest polluters.


One Michigan county tells the story of a nation plagued by water pollution

Farms housing thousands of animals are one of several sources contaminating the Pine River and dividing a mid-Michigan community.


Groups contend county could face criminal charges for attempts to regulate large swine farms

Ag and business groups issued a letter warning board members they may face criminal charges. Environmental groups are calling it intimidation.


Why North Carolina has giant lagoons of pig poop

To slaughter nearly 130 million pigs in a year, we need a highly industrialized system. And indeed, that's the food system we've created.


Factory farming’s government-issued air pollution pass

The pollutants wafting from these operations are largely unregulated by the federal government.


'A savagely broken food system': Cory Booker wants radical reform ... now

Exclusive: US senator says everybody loses – except the massive corporations that have taken over America's food industry.


Hogan administration backs down in Maryland poultry fee fight

Maryland poultry and livestock operations will soon begin paying a fee for water-pollution permits after a nearly year-long battle between its executive and legislative branches.

Tom Philpott predicts the end of farming as we know it

The veteran food writer's new book warns that the current trajectory of farming in California’s Central Valley and the Corn Belt could be setting us up for collapse.

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.

Shannon Bennett: Pandemics of our own making

While it's critical that we devote our scientific ingenuity to beating back the current pandemic, we must also address our broken relationship with nature in a concerted effort to prevent similar outbreaks in the future.

Meat industry donates to officials stopping COVID-19 lawsuits

Two meat giants, Smithfield and Mountaire Farms, are among the interests pushing for laws waiving wrongful death suits — also a priority for Republicans.

Agroforestry is both climate friendly and profitable

Incorporating trees into farmland benefits everything from soil health to crop production to the climate. Investors say it might also yields profits.
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