Animal Husbandry

Grant Funding Available to Reduce Dairy Methane Emissions – CalCAN

Reposting this important piece by Jeanne Merrill, of the California Climate and Action Network. Read at the source. Please share with any dairy and other livestock producers who might benefit from this program. – RR New Climate Change Program Launches   This week, California launched an innovative new program aimed at lessening the climate change impact…

Food, Inc. Farmer Finds Happiness & Turns a Profit with Pastured Hens

The plight of contract chicken farmer Carole Morison was among the illuminating scenes from the 2008 film, Food, Inc., which educated viewers around the world about the perils of our industrialized food system. Morison’s life as a contract chicken farmer for Perdue more closely resembled that of an indentured servant to the chicken processing giant…

Support Access to Slaughter & Processing Facilities in Marin – Planning Commission Meeting 11/28/16 at 1 pm

via CropMobster. Special thanks to Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak of Devils Gulch Ranch for the heads-up. From Kaplan-Pasternak: For any of you so inclined to help support some new changes to the Marin County Zoning Code which would allow for on farm slaughter, mobile slaughter facilities and brick and mortar facilities, there will be a hearing before…

The Debt Treadmill for Chicken Farmers

Raising chickens is not what it used to be, as debt-laden farmers have been attempting to tell us for some years now; Carole Morrison, featured in Food Inc., comes to mind, as does Craig Watts, a former contract producer for Purdue, who blew the whistle on industry practices in 2014.

Take a look at the Rural Advancement Foundation International’s (RAFI) new infographic about the plight of contract poultry producers, then wander over to RAFI’s webpage to view Sally Lee’s detailed analysis, What Debt in Chicken Farming Says About American Agriculture.

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Why the egg industry is scrambling to set hens free – The Guardian

Why the egg industry is scrambling to set hens free Marc Gunther Monday 28 December 2015 Americans eat about 265 eggs per person per year, according to the American Egg Board, and roughly nine in 10 are laid by hens confined in cages with little room to move. That’s changing. McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, General Mills…

Petaluma’s Organic Egg Producers Receive Mixed Reviews in Latest Scorecard

The organic standards advocates at the Cornucopia Institute recently released the second edition of their organic egg report & scorecard, Scrambled Eggs: Separating Factory Farm Egg Production from Authentic Organic Agriculture. The report seeks to “highlight the good news in the organic egg industry by showcasing the true heroes, including national and local producers that are supplying…

Farmers the Big Losers in the Industrial Poultry System – Christopher Leonard, Author of Meat Racket

Transcribed from the IATP webinar, Contracted Lives: The Experience of Farmers in the Meat Chain in Brazil, India and the U.S., held on December 3, 2015. View the entire webinar here.  Christopher Leonard, author of The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business: I’m glad I could maybe provide a little bit of history and…

Contracted Lives: The Experience of Farmers in the Meat Chain in Brazil, India and the U.S.

A video webinar courtesy of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), recorded on December 3, 2015.

In recent months, the meat industry has been getting a lot of attention: restaurants have said they will phase out eggs from farms that cage birds; major meat companies and retailers have said that they will phase out the use of “antibiotics for human use. But little attention is paid to people who work in the meat industry. As fewer companies become ever more powerful in the global meat market, there is an urgent need to scrutinize their practices from “farm to fork,” not only because of animal welfare, environmental pollution and public health, but also because of how farmers and workers (and ultimately the consumers) are treated.

This webinar will focus on contracted farmers and present newly released information from Brazil and experiences of contract poultry farmers in India and compare these conditions with practices in the United States, showing the links between these realities and challenging us to build a common struggle.


Carlos Julias Barros, Executive Secretary and Research Coordinator, Reporter Brasil
Reporter Brasil was founded in 2001 by journalists, social scientists and educators. Its mission is to identify and publicize situations that hurt workers’ rights and cause environmental damage in Brazil and is aimed at mobilizing political, social and economic leaders to build a more just, egalitarian and democratic society that respects human rights. Because of this work, it has become one of the most important organizations involved in combating modern-day slavery and human trafficking in the country.

Chris Leonard, Investigative Journalist
Chris Leonard is the author of The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business and former national business reporter for the Associated Press. In the Meat Racket, Leonard “delivers the first-ever account of how a handful of companies have seized the nation’s meat supply. He shows how they built a system that puts farmers on the edge of bankruptcy, charges high prices to consumers, and returns the industry to the shape it had in the 1900s before the meat monopolists were broken up.

Scott Marlow, Executive Director, RAFI
Scott Marlow previously directed the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA’s (RAFI) Farm Sustainability Program, providing in-depth financial counseling to farmers in crisis, education on disaster assistance programs and access to credit, and addressing the needs of mid-scale farmers seeking to increase the sustainability of their farms by transitioning to higher-value specialty markets.

RAFI’s mission is to cultivate markets, policies and communities that sustain thriving, socially just and environmentally sound family farms. RAFI works nationally and internationally, focusing on North Carolina and the southeastern United States.

Dr. Sagari R. Ramdas, Veterinary scientist
Dr. Ramdas is a member of the Food Sovereignty Alliance, India, and is learning to be an agro-ecological food farmer. The Food Sovereignty Alliance is a solidarity platform of adivasi, dalit, pastoralist, peasant social movements and co-producers towards a common vision of food sovereignty in defense of our sovereign rights to food and the rights of mother earth. She is a founding member and former director of Anthra, an organization of women veterinary scientists working on issues of livestock development and sustainable natural resource use.

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