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President Trump’s USDA Loosens Rules for Poultry Plants: Here’s What They’re Not Telling You

Food Integrity Campaign | October 5, 2018

The Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) has worked for years to protect whistleblowers who bravely speak out about unsafe conditions in poultry plants. The strongest voices are the federal meat inspectors employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to keep our food supply safe. Several inspectors have told FIC that the meat industry wants to […]

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Press Advisory: Dept. of Agriculture Ramps Up Dangerous Food Processing Practices

Food Integrity Campaign | October 4, 2018

For Immediate Release: Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign Condemns High-Speed Poultry Plants WASHINGTON – The Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Friday that it will be increasing line speeds in poultry plants without opportunity for public comment. For years, the Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign has been investigating pilot high-speed poultry plants, taking affidavits from […]

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Update: NC Hog Farms and the Fallout from Hurricane Florence

Food Integrity Campaign | September 21, 2018

Last week, the Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) warned that Hurricane Florence would wreak havoc on industrial hog facilities in North Carolina, leading to health and environmental disaster. This week, we can confirm those fears. Early counts from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) already reflect devastating pollution from hog waste and animal deaths. […]

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Whistleblowers in the path of Hurricane Florence warn of overflowing swine waste lagoons

Food Integrity Campaign | September 13, 2018

            Note: As climate change brings more intense and more frequent storms, we urge policymakers and corporations to take action to reduce harm from industrial hog operations. Our thoughts are with the people and animals in the path of Hurricane Florence. Hurricane Florence is set to hit roughly 3,300 open […]

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FDA Whistleblower Speaks Out About Mercury in Our Food

Food Integrity Campaign | August 29, 2018

Whistleblowers tend to be really tough, determined people. Former FIC client, Dr. Renee Dufault, is no exception. Ten years ago, Renee Dufault retired early from her position at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after she was blocked from publishing her research findings about mercury in high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). FIC recently caught up […]

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Recent Court Rulings Strike a Blow to Pesticide Manufacturers

Food Integrity Campaign | August 17, 2018

In the past week, two court rulings upended the world of pesticides as whistleblowers and advocates refused to stop fighting to expose the truth about glyphosate and chlorpyrifos. The two rulings took action against these chemicals which have been shown to cause cancer, developmental problems in babies, and other illnesses.   Glyphosate: Monsanto’s Popular Product […]

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SOMETHING IN THE AIR

July 19, 2018

This story originally appeared in The Intercept. By: Eyal Press LIKE MANY PEOPLE in Sanpete County, Utah, a rural area roughly 100 miles south of Salt Lake City, Jessica Robertson likes to spend her Sundays in church. Unlike many of them, the house of worship she frequents is not a chapel filled with copies of the […]

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Two amputations a week: the cost of working in a US meat plant

July 18, 2018

This article originally appeared in The Guardian. By: Andrew Wasley, Christopher D Cook and Natalie Jones Amputations, fractured fingers, second-degree burns and head trauma are just some of the serious injuries suffered by US meat plant workers every week, according to data seen by the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. US meat workers are […]

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Senate Farm Bill Misses Opportunity to Protect Whistleblowing Farmers

Food Integrity Campaign | July 16, 2018

The recent Farm Bill debate featured a robust defense of the rights of whistleblowing contract farmers. Leading the charge was Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). Livestock and poultry contract farmers enter into agreements with large companies to grow animals for meat. Often, these contracts include strict provisions to prevent farmers from speaking up in the face […]

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Review: ‘Eating Animals’ Skewers Factory Farming

June 14, 2018

This article originally appeared in the New York Times. by Ben Kenigsberg For the last 36 hours, since seeing “Eating Animals,” I have had trouble consuming meat. O.K., I had some lox, but probably only because the movie doesn’t deal with ocean fish. Christopher Quinn’s documentary makes a persuasive, far-ranging case against factory farming, which […]

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