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Food & Agriculture

We work to rapidly transition our food system to one that is sustainable, healthy, and just. For decades, United States food and farming policy, corporate power and agricultural science have been directed toward a narrow goal: producing as many calories as possible as cheaply as possible. The confluence of these forces has created a powerful river of toxic, energy-intensive factory farming. We are eroding public health, worker safety, local economies, animal welfare, and the resilience of the ecosystems we depend on. Solutions are available — if policymakers, people and businesses make vitally needed changes. We must farm in a way that protects the health of people and the planet. We seek three fundamental shifts in our food system: from toxic and chemical intensive to healthy and ecologically regenerative; from corporate controlled to democratically governed; and from a system that embodies the deepest inequities in our society to one that advances justice and fulfills the needs of all eaters now and in the future.
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New Study: Dramatic Growth of Manure Digesters on Wisconsin Mega Dairies Brings More Cows, More Pollution

The report finds that all dairies with digesters in the county significantly increased their herd sizes, generating more air and water pollution and more enteric methane emissions.

House Republican Farm Bill a Massive Handout to Big Ag, Theft of State and Local Authority

After months of delay, House Republicans released the full text for their Farm Bill proposal. The bill slashes nutrition programs and climate-focused conservation funding in order to boost chemical-intensive commodity crop production.

Friends of the Earth Welcomes Promising New World Bank Blueprint for Addressing Health and Environmental Impacts of Big Meat and Dairy, Issues Urgent Call for Action

Today, the World Bank released a new comprehensive blueprint for addressing the giant climate footprint of our industrial food system.

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Protecting Our Food System
Protecting Our Food System

In addition to working to influence lawmakers, we’ve devoted years to shifting the food industry towards more bee-friendly practices.

Protecting the Birds and the Bees
Protecting the Birds and the Bees

The Birds and Bees Protection Act proposed to eliminate 80-90% of the neonics entering New York’s environment yearly.

Protecting the Amazon from Rampant Deforestation
Protecting the Amazon from Rampant Deforestation

Studies suggest that cattle ranching and animal feed production is currently responsible for 80% of deforestation across the Latin America and Caribbean region.

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Multilateral banks’ investments in industrial livestock undermine their Paris climate commitments
Multilateral banks’ investments in industrial livestock undermine their Paris climate commitments

As world leaders meet tomorrow in Paris to discuss the role of public finance in addressing “climate change and the global crisis”, delegates should press multilateral development banks (MDBs) to invest in line with the Paris Agreement

Bee Habitat Loss
Bee Habitat Loss

Bee populations are in decline, in part because of habitat loss and destruction. Find out more about why it’s happening and the impacts.

Why is Roundup Still Being Sold?
Why is Roundup Still Being Sold?

The popular herbicide is still being sold despite over 125,000 lawsuits. Explore how dangerous this product truly is.

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