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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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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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USDA Wants Data on High-Speed Pork Inspection? Listen to Your Own Inspectors!

Sarah Damian | April 22, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reportedly begun collecting data to support a potential rule that would increase line speeds and essentially deregulate inspection at pork plants. What more data do they need to realize that this model is a bad idea? Multiple USDA whistleblowers stationed at pilot plants have already revealed why this plan […]

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Ag Gag Bills Dying Off in Early 2015

Sarah Damian | April 7, 2015

Ag Gag laws that aim to criminalize truth-tellers at factory farms have been introduced in various states, but opposition is strong. The Food Integrity Campaign is happy to share some good news: measures in Arkansas and Kentucky have both failed, and New Mexico’s legislature allowed its Ag Gag bill to languish, leaving it “almost certainly […]

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Let the Sunshine In: Advocating for Food System Transparency

Sarah Damian | March 19, 2015

It’s Sunshine Week – the time of year when our fellow watchdog groups come together to champion the cause of transparency. The Food Integrity Campaign advocates for a transparent food system year-round, but this week is a good reminder to the powers that be of the work still left to do. Particularly in the food system, […]

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PBS Food: Dirty Birds – A Story of Chickens in America

March 5, 2015

FIC client Craig Watts shares his story as a Perdue contract farmer and whistleblower in this segment of PBS Food’s “Original Fare.”

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Blowing the Whistle on Big Chicken: The Inside Story (VIDEO)

Sarah Damian | February 27, 2015

This week, Fusion Network aired an illuminating one-hour investigative segment on our client, Craig Watts, and his experience blowing the whistle on top poultry producer Perdue. What started out as a story about Perdue’s deceptive labeling and animal welfare concerns became much more. Craig’s story unveils the struggles that many contract farmers like him face […]

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Mother Jones: USDA Whistleblowers Tell All–and You May Never Eat Bacon Again

February 27, 2015

By TOM PHILPOTT In 2004, Elsa Murano stepped down from her post as chief of the US Department of Agriculture division that oversees food safety at the nation’s slaughterhouses. Two years later, she joined the board of directors of pork giant Hormel, a company that runs some of the nation’s largest slaughterhouses. Murano received $238,000 in compensation […]

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