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Friends of the Earth Statement on the Confirmation of Tom Vilsack as Agriculture Secretary

Secretary Vilsack’s second tour at US Department of Agriculture must look dramatically different than his first. Read More

Friends of the Earth Statement on Impending Nomination of Tom Vilsack for USDA Secretary

We are deeply disappointed that President-elect Biden appears to have selected an agribusiness lobbyist with a tarnished record on civil rights, consolidation, and the environment as his USDA Secretary. Read More

160+ Organizations Urge President-Elect Biden to Withdraw Heidi Heitkamp from Consideration for USDA Secretary

A coalition of more than 160 environmental, food justice, sustainable agriculture, workers’ rights, animal welfare, social justice, public health, and anti-hunger organizations sent a letter today to President-Elect Biden, Vice President-Elect Harris, and their transition team opposing Heidi Heitkamp as a potential nominee for USDA Secretary. Read More

Sen. Schumer, Rep. McEachin, progressive and climate advocates speak out against liability waivers in covid stimulus

Mitch McConnell is much more worried about an imaginary epidemic of lawsuits than he is about the real life pandemic hurting the country Read More

Mega poultry producer in hot water over fowl advertising, faces joint lawsuit

Sanderson Farms heavily brands itself as “100% Natural” despite routinely feeding its chickens antibiotics and raising them in unnatural industrial sheds. Read More

As health crisis worsens, Senate Republicans focus covid relief on polluting corporations

Mitch McConnell released the latest stimulus package for COVID-19 relief in the Senate today. Read More

GOP seeks to remove COVID accountability for industries

A new review of quarterly lobby filings released this week shows that polluting industries and conservative dark money groups have been lobbying vigorously for COVID liability protection for the last three months. Read More

120+ organizations target meatpacking giant Tyson Foods for failing to protect workers from Covid-19

More than 120 groups launched a week of action against Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE: TSN) demanding the company address the rising number of COVID-19 cases affecting workers at its chicken, pork, and beef processing facilities. Read More

World Faces Ecological Collapse Unless Urgent Action Taken, Says Devastating Global Assessment

The world faces ecological collapse and mass extinctions unless dramatic action is taken to change social and economic systems, according to a global assessment launched today by The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Read More

Friends of the Earth Applauds New York City for Pledging to Cut Meat Purchases in its Green New Deal

New York City is strengthening its climate leadership by acknowledging the importance of slashing consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions associated with factory farmed meat. Eliminating processed meat and cutting red meat purchases will pay dividends for the health of future generations and the planet. Read More