Problems with Conventional Agriculture / Factory Farming

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Videos & Films


Natalie Portman, Producer and Narrator (Christopher Quinn). “Eating Animals.”, 2018 (trailer)
Based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals traces the history of food production in the United States from local and sustainable to today's corporate monster, and highlights the environmental, economic, and public health consequences of factory farming. Spotlighting farmers who are pushing back against industrial agriculture and are using more humane practices, the film offers attainable, commonsense solutions and makes the case that ethical farming is not only an animal rights issue but also one that affects every aspect of our lives.

Robert Kenner. “Food, Inc.” 2008
This classic documentary film exposes the hidden, mechanized underbelly of our corporate-run industrial food system. A good overview, Food, Inc. is still very relevant. It covers topics like how supermarkets and food packaging disconnects us from the source of our food, from nature, from seasonal foods, and from living animals; how the scale of food production abuses farmers, workers, and consumers; how government regulation is being watered down and eliminated; and how we can all make a difference by voting with our food purchases.

Advocacy & Educational NGOs


Center for Food Safety 
The Center for Food Safety (CFS) works to protect human health and the environment by stopping harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and sustainable agriculture. They also educate consumers, use legal actions, write scientific and policy reports, books and other educational materials, and use market pressure and grassroots campaigns through their True Food Network.

Civil Eats 
Civil Eats is an award-winning news source for in-depth, unique reporting, and commentary on the US food system’s most important and complex stories. They cover news stories on food and food policy issues, food justice, farming practices, health and food safety issues, and agricultural issues relevant to climate change and the environment.

Cornucopia Institute 
This watchdog group promotes economic justice for family scale farming. Through research and investigations, they issue numerous reports on agricultural and food-related products, and provide scorecards that rate companies on their environmental effectiveness in the good food movement.

Humane Society of the United States 
The leading and most effective animal advocacy organization in the United States, they seek a humane world for people and animals alike by combatting large-scale cruelties to animals. Farmed animals of concern include cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, turkeys, geese, rabbits, fish, and crustaceans. They offer a wealth of information and resources for use by shelters & rescuers, parents and educators, veterinarians, volunteers, and supporters including news, events, conferences, campaigns, consumer recommendations, training, and white papers.

Pesticide Action Network 
Pesticide Action Network is an international coalition of around 600 NGOs, citizens' groups, and individuals in about 60 countries that fights problems caused by pesticide use, and advocates for ecologically sound alternatives. In the US, key issues include agroecology & farming solutions; GMOs, pesticides & profits; food democracy; and agricultural policies that work.

Socially Responsible Agriculture Project (SRAP) 
This group of committed activists helps rural citizens and farmers organize and oppose the injustices and harm caused by large factory farms in rural communities around the US. They provide education and organizational support to help communities fend off new CAFOs, and limit the expansion of existing CAFOs.



Kristin Lawless. Formerly Known as Food: How the Industrial Food System Is Changing Our Minds, Bodies, and Culture. St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2018 
A nutritionist and food journalist, Kristin Lawless makes a compelling case that, because of the degradation of our diet brought about by the billion-dollar food industry, our bodies are literally changing from the inside out. Through research, interviews, and scientific studies, she explains the multitude of health problems created by the industrial food system and goes beyond dietary fixes to offer a simple philosophy for protecting our bodies that she calls the "Whole Egg Theory".

Journal Articles


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