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Why are Bill Gates and Richard Branson Investing in Meat That Costs $18,000 a Pound?

  On a new kind of meat…. The world loves meat. So much so that demand for meat products is projected to grow by nearly 70 percent by 2050. But meat production places a significant strain on the planet’s resources. Research shows that today’s meat-producing efforts uses one-third of the Earth’s fresh water and land […]

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Ranchers in Parched U.S. Northern Plains Welcome Hay Lottery

Drought impacts meat industry, too…. Hundreds of livestock ranchers in the drought-stricken U.S. Northern Plains are embracing what organizers say is the first lottery designed to provide some much-needed relief to their operations. The prize? Tons and tons of hay. Ranchers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana have been suffering through the region’s worst […]

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Industrial Meat Production is Killing Our Seas. It’s Time to Change Our Diets

How eating meat impacts the environment… Every spring, as the snows thaw, water rushes down the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, spreading life, then death into the Gulf of Mexico. The floodwaters are laden with fertilisers washed from fields and factory farms. As spring turns to summer, excessive nutrients first drive a huge bloom of living […]

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Working ‘The Chain,’ Slaughterhouse Workers Face Lifelong Injuries

The workers, most often immigrants and resettled refugees, slaughter and process hundreds of animals an hour, forced to work at high speeds in cold conditions, doing thousands of the same repetitions over and over, with few breaks. This production feeds the average American, who eats about 200 pounds of meat a year. And the furious […]

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Trend Alert: Ditching Antibiotics in Livestock?

In the 1940s, a small group of scientists, Moore et al., discovered that adding antibiotics to animal feed would improve the animals’ rates of growth. Since, ranchers and farmers have been routinely administering antibiotics sub-therapeutically – or in doses too small to treat illness – to their livestock. According to The Pew Charitable Trusts, in […]

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Could The U.S. Government Quit Recommending Meat?

To prepare the guidelines, the advisory committee studies up (here’s a list of some of the data they draw on), hears from other experts, holds public meetings, and prepares a draft. At the last public meeting, held Dec. 15, 2014, the committee presented highlights of its draft via Powerpoint, and triggered an explosion of reaction among meat producers. […]

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Lady Butchers Teaching Lady Butchers How To Butcher The Glass Ceiling

Kari Underly is slicing through half a hog as if it were as soft as an avocado … until she hits a bone. “So what I’m doing now is I’m taking out the femur bone,” she explains to a roomful of about 30 women watching as she carves the animal. “The ham is a little […]

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Eat Less Meat, Save The World

Curbing the world’s huge and increasing appetite for meat is essential to avoid devastating climate change, according to a new report. But governments and green campaigners are doing nothing to tackle the issue due to fears of a consumer backlash, warns the analysis from the thinktank Chatham House. The global livestock industry produces more greenhouse gas […]

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Lab Grown Meat is Actually Called Shmeat (And Other Tales)

There’s a convincing case for substituting lab-grown meat for conventional meat in the human diet. Lab-grown meat—also known as cultured meat, in vitro meat, and (less attractively) shmeat, from “sheets of lab-grown meat”—has the potential to sharply reduce the number of animals raised and slaughtered in awful conditions on feedlots. Feedlots not only create unconscionable […]

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Reduce Meat Consumption To Fight Climate Change

Global consumption of meat must be reduced, according to a new report that warns of serious implications – both in terms of food scarcity and the wider environmental impact – if current trends continue. The research from Cambridge and Aberdeen universities highlights a worldwide trend for American-style diets, leading to a large increase in meat […]

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