A Trip to the PNE, Part 1: the Abuse

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A Trip to the PNE, Part 1: the Abuse

I went to the PNE last week, specifically the Agrifair bit.  I can sort the problematic issues with the Agrifair into two fairly neat categories: the first involves some unsurprising animal abuse.  The second was actually far more troubling.  I’ll get to that in a bit. First, the abuse.  Here is a photo of the


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Dairy, a lot of words, and the absence of meaning

The recent Time article about industrial agriculture has some large-scale “farmers” up in arms about some of the claims. I came across this response today, and was surprised at how little information it really contains. There really aren’t any actual facts in it at all, except that the author considers himself a farmer and that


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Fun on the farm… really?

The Chicken Farmers of Canada have released a website aimed at children: In a world of packaged and fast food, it’s more important than ever that everyone, especially young children, know where their food comes from. That’s why we created an interactive educational tool called Fun Farm, where kids can play games, download projects and learn


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Factory Farming defined

According to Wikipedia, “factory farming” is defined as: Factory farming is the practice of raising farm animals in confinement at high stocking density, where a farm operates as a factory — a practice typical in industrial farming by agribusinesses. On factory farms, animals are treated as machines, or “production units” rather than as living beings


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Important but Flawed: A Review of Food, Inc.

Food, Inc. is not a vegan movie. Far from it. It does many things wrong but does a lot right. First, what does it do right? Food, Inc. is the most mainstream movie we’ve had dealing with issues of industrial agriculture and food. While there are many films dealing with these subjects, Food, Inc. actually


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Doublespeak

I’ve been trying to decide whether or not to write a post about this message I got on twitter the other day. But, since it was sent to me publicly, I guess it’s ok to write about it and make it more public. For some time I’ve been conversing on twitter with a pig and


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Debunking animal activists

I just came across this article about an event in Ohio: Sutton-Vermeulen will focus on the myths and misinformation from animal rights groups that are out of touch with today’s agriculture and putting our food supply at risk. He is well-know for working with non-governmental groups to help them become animal agriculture activists. The June


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Are eggs and dairy worse than meat?

Imagine being raised for meat, fattened up, and slaughtered. Now imagine being raised for your breastmilk, or your eggs. In the case of milk, you are artificially inseminated and impregnated. After a period of months—nine, in the case of both cows and humans—you give birth to a baby. Within hours—or days, if you’re lucky—your baby


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