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Inspiring global action to end factory farming

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The big picture In the United States alone, we consume more than 200 pounds of meat per person per year despite the rising trend in plant-based foods and diets. Meat and dairy consumption in developing nations is on the rise with no expectations of abating any time soon. Eating less meat and dairy reduces the risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer — and, it decreases our carbon footprint and helps to reduce the suffering of farmed...

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Let’s talk about clean meat

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Clean meat? Me? “Clean meat” is here. It’s real. It’s a thing. Meat grown from in vitro animal cell cultures rather than from slaughtered animals. Widespread availability may be a way off as the product is refined and scaled up, but clean meat will soon be a talking point in our discussions with the public about animal farming and plant-based eating. Development is on a fast track, spurred by investment from technology firms and some of the largest food companies in the world. It’s a...

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Clean meat

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Faunalytics, a nonprofit research organization, with support from The Good Food Institute (GFI), recently released important new research on consumer acceptance of clean meat. Clean meat (also referred to as cultured meat or in vitro meat) is real meat produced without the need to breed, raise, and slaughter farm animals. Clean meat is expected to be widely available in the next few years, and it has the potential to positively impact the lives and animals, people, and the environment. But most consumers will need to...

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The We Animals Archive

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Last month, photojournalist, author, and educator Jo-Anne McArthur launched the We Animals Archive*, a free archive of photography depicting our relationships with animals around the globe. Creator of the We Animals project, author of two books (We Animals and Captive, due for release this summer), and subject of the critically acclaimed documentary Ghosts in Our Machine, McArthur has been documenting the plight of animals for more than a decade, telling their individual stories with her thought-provoking and moving imagery. McArthur’s photography evokes a spectrum of emotion — ...

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The health argument vs. ethical argument

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By Sarah Hanshew, 2014 Summer Intern “I’m vegan because I’m really concerned about animal welfare.” “I chose to become a vegetarian because I wanted to lose weight.” “The environment really suffers from animal agriculture, and that’s why I chose not to eat meat.” All of these are common reasons for choosing and maintaining a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, but is there one reason that’s more common among non-meat eaters? Are health arguments more convincing than ethical arguments? Activists could benefit from knowing these answers because...

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