How the animal agriculture industry surveils, punishes critics

A respected Bay Area veterinarian endures widespread attacks following an industry “alert” about her criticisms of factory farms.
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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.

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.

Factory farming’s government-issued air pollution pass

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

Heads up, America: Animal-borne diseases are closer than you think

Environmental disruptions don't just cause zoonotic diseases to emerge in Africa or Asia. The same thing is happening in the USA.

Dominion Energy and Vanguard Renewables are turning cow manure into power

Utilities and farmers are turning cow manure into power — removing methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, from the atmosphere in the process. But is burning methane a climate solution or just a step on the way to green energy?

Animal rights activists uncover locations of factory farms

The animal agriculture industry has spent decades fighting to avoid the disclosure of information about facilities where animals are raised for food.

Unpacking the beef concerning hog farms

"Right To Harm" tells the stories of Americans whose lives have been affected by industrialized livestock productions.


A battle brews in rural Wisconsin over factory farms

A community divided. A local official accused of self-dealing. A top political appointee ousted from his job.


Manure, trash and wastewater: US utilities get dirty in climate fight

The use of renewable gas means significant volumes of methane that would have been produced anyway never reach the atmosphere.

Stealing Lauri

A pig kidnapping highlights the concerns over antibiotics in livestock.

This year’s wild, wet spring is feeding massive blobs of toxic algae

Including a Massachusetts-sized dead zone projected to appear in the Gulf of Mexico.

What's poo got to do with it?

Communities living near hog farms are in harm's way, and the permit the legislature wants to delay includes long-overdue protections from this dangerous air and water pollution.
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Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

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Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

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Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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