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70,000 Petitioners Demand Protections for Truth-telling Contract Poultry Farmers

Food Integrity Campaign | August 3, 2015

(WASHINGTON) – Perdue contract farmer Rudy Howell has collected more than 70,000 petition signatures urging Congress to ensure protections for poultry farmers who face reprisal for speaking out. The Food Integrity Campaign (FIC, a program of the Government Accountability Project) is backing Howell’s petition, which stems from industry-wide reports of retaliation against contract farmers who […]

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Another Contract Farmer Speaks Out Against Big Chicken

Sarah Damian | July 27, 2015

In an atmosphere of intimidation and fear of retaliation, it takes a lot to speak out against powerful chicken corporations. But Perdue contract farmer Rudy Howell is taking a chance and bravely speaking about the lies that Perdue told him and about the harsh reality that chicken farmers face just trying to make ends meet. […]

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North Carolina Whistleblowers: We Still Have Your Back

Food Integrity Campaign | June 15, 2015

This piece (originally published in the Huffington Post), was authored by Louis Clark, President of the Government Accountability Project (GAP) – the nation’s leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization. Nationwide, supporters of truth and transparency in the food system are mourning the enactment of North Carolina’s anti-whistleblower Ag Gag law. Designed to chill truth-tellers who […]

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Former Pollo Campero Employees Blow Whistle on Expired Chicken

Sarah Damian | June 12, 2015

Two former restaurant supervisors are blowing the whistle on Pollo Campero – a business that claims to be “the world’s largest Latin American chicken chain.” Elsy Ortega and Evelin Iglesias claim they were unjustly fired in 2013 after refusing to use expired chicken at two of the chain’s establishments in Maryland. Two years later, the […]

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Supporting Food Truth-Tellers at Green Fest

Sarah Damian | June 8, 2015

Over the weekend, the Food Integrity Campaign team attended Washington D.C.’s Green Festival – the longest-running sustainability and green living event. It was great to see so many people who care about transparency in the food system! We spoke with hundreds of individuals about issues across the food spectrum – from Ag Gag laws to […]

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Victory for Whistleblowers! North Carolina Governor Vetoes Ag Gag Bill

Sarah Damian | May 29, 2015

What a win for transparency! Today, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory vetoed the state’s anti-whistleblower Ag Gag bill. This is a significant move in support of agriculture whistleblowers who, under the measure, would be criminalized for exposing wrongdoing at factory farms. In a statement, Gov. McCrory explained his concerns with the bill: “I believe it […]

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Al Jazeera America: The Factory Farmer Who Blew the Whistle on Perdue

May 20, 2015

FIC client and contract farmer whistleblower Craig Watts is featured in this segment on his legal battle with poultry giant Perdue.

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Tell North Carolina Governor to Veto Ag Gag Bill

Sarah Damian | May 19, 2015

Despite a recent poll showing that 74 percent of North Carolina voters oppose anti-whistleblower Ag Gag bills, the state House and Senate have each passed a measure that would criminalize whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing at factory farms. Now the bill goes to Governor Pat McCrory, who we are urging to veto this legislation. Two previous […]

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Meet New Food Integrity Investigator Roxy Darrow

Food Integrity Campaign | May 15, 2015

The Food Integrity Campaign is excited to introduce our new Investigation and Outreach Coordinator, Roxanne Darrow. Originally from California, Roxy comes to us with a breadth of experience and passion when it comes to food issues. Learn more about the new member of our team in our short Q&A with her below. What does food […]

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Hearing Tomorrow on Idaho’s Anti-Whistleblower Ag Gag Law

Sarah Damian | April 27, 2015

The drawn-out fight against Idaho’s anti-whistleblower Ag Gag law resumes tomorrow afternoon with a hearing at the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho in Boise. The basic question at hand is whether the statute – which criminalizes would-be whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing on farms via undercover video – is constitutional. The coalition of […]

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