Chipolte’s “Back To The Start” video – what’s the big deal with factory farming?

As always, I'm a bit behind this week on pop culture topics - other than the death of Davy Jones. I am, after all, a fan of bubble gum pop, and quirky, cheesy TV from the 60s.So I missed the video that's making the rounds from Chipolte Restaurants, an animated short called "Back To The Start", which depicts a family farmer who moves to a factory farming operation and then back to a family farm. The music is Willie Nelson performing Coldplay's "The Scientist."I suspect that most Americans … [Read more...]

Meat consumption down, fur sales up?

This is a mink. Someday he'll become a coat. And maybe some lipstick. (Photo credit Jesper Clausen/Fur Commission USA)

Last week, I stumbled upon an editorial New York Times' columnist Mark Bittman did for American Public Media's Marketplace questioning whether America is still the land of "meat and potatoes". In the commentary, Bittman cited a Department of Agriculture statistic that predicted meat consumption in America will be 12 percent less for 2012 than it was in 2007.I've been mulling that over for the last week as I contemplated why that might be - more people aware of their food choices? Meat too exp … [Read more...]

McDonalds and Hormel to end use of gestation crates

Do you know where your bacon come from? Click the image to watch the video from the Humane Society of the United State's undercover investigation at two of the nation's largest pork suppliers

McDonald's Corporation and Hormel both recently announced that they will phase out the use of sow gestation stalls in favor of more humane treatment of pigs that become our food.A gestation create is a 2 x 7 crate in which a pig lives its entire live, virtually immobalized and unable to even turn around. impregnated over and over and over. A recent undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) offered an inside look Seaboard Foods and Prestage Farms; Seaboard is t … [Read more...]

This Thanksgiving, will you eat – or adopt – a turkey?

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  Tomorrow, on Thanksgiving Day, millions of Americans will slice into a traditional Thanksgiving turkey, enjoying an annual bonanza of turkey gravy, side dishes, desserts, and family time.But there are a growing number of Americans opting out of that oven-roasted gobbler goodness as a main dish in the name of animal rights. That's right, instead of eating turkeys this year, some people are adopting them.The annual Adopt A Turkey project, hosted by the Farm Sanctuary, sets out to ed … [Read more...]


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