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The South end of Greenwich Village was a paradise for ambitious grocery shoppers with a taste for Gangland cuisine I had one of those European string bags that I used to stick in my pack pocket in the morning, and after I left work at the Village Voice around 6:00 p.m., I would wander the streets of the Village on...
As the Trump administration rolls back the USDA's animal welfare standards, the private and nonprofit sectors are stepping up to the ethical plate. If you think a lot about where your food comes from, you're probably aware that the most exciting regulatory efforts are coming from the private sector. And they'd better be, because in another setback for consumers, the USDA just...
May is International Respect for Chickens Month. Now is the time to realize how horribly we've treated these sensitive, emotional animals. May 4th is International Respect for Chickens Day and May is International Respect for Chickens Month. United Poultry Concerns launched this project in 2005 to celebrate chickens throughout the world and protest the bleakness of their lives in farming operations....
Mike Callicrate explains that the consolidation of power among big agribusiness companies is the single biggest problem facing American farmers — and he says Trump’s administration has only made things worse. Mike Callicrate, an independent cattle rancher from Kansas, has written an editorial for the Washington Post detailing how President Donald Trump’s agricultural policies have been bad news for American farmers.In his op-ed, Callicrate...
An "organ-on-a-chip" could represent the greatest potential for non-animal-based scientific advancement in history. They're about the size of a computer memory stick, yet they could represent the greatest potential for non-animal-based scientific advancement in history. They're called "organs-on-chips"—and they just might change the way researchers model diseases, develop drugs and approach personalized medicine. And in the process, they'll save the...
Plastics are killing wildlife and harming our health. It's time for corporations to take responsibility for their packaging. Our ocean is facing a plastic pollution crisis. The equivalent of a truckload of plastic enters our oceans every single minute, every day, all year long. Not only are plastics entangling and killing marine life, they are ending up on our plates...
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