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Press Release: Food Integrity Campaign Hosts Conference to Celebrate 10th Anniversary 

FIC Staff | November 14, 2019

For Immediate Release:  November 14, 2019 Food Integrity Campaign Hosts Conference to Celebrate 10th Anniversary  Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign hosts speakers, panels, and a new award to mark the anniversary WASHINGTON – Food Integrity Campaign is hosting an all day conference to mark the 10th anniversary of their work on Friday, November 15 […]

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Civil Eats: Meat Matters: 10 Years of Changes in Animal Agriculture

October 23, 2019

Note: this article features our client Craig Watts Civil Eats’ Animal Agriculture roundtable, “Meat Matters: 10 Years of Changes in Animal Agriculture,” features our client Craig Watts. To read the full article, visit Civil Eats’ website: https://civileats.com/2019/10/22/meat-matters-10-years-of-changes-in-animal-agriculture/.  

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Fern’s AG Insider: Farm activists seek ‘robust’ fair-play rules at USDA

October 11, 2019

This article, featuring details about FIC’s participation in the 10/10 petition drop, was originally published here. Farm activists seek ‘robust’ fair-play rules at USDA October 10, 2019 FacebookTwitterEmail The USDA should provide strong protections for livestock and poultry growers in their dealings with meatpackers and processors, said farm activists on Thursday in delivering petitions signed […]

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84,000 Signatures Strong, Groups Demand USDA Protect Farmers over Meat Monopolies

FIC Staff | October 10, 2019

84,000 Signatures Strong, Groups Demand USDA Protect Farmers over Meat Monopolies For Immediate Release Media Contact: Tyler Whitley, tyler@rafiusa.org, 919-621-0534 Adam Hymans, adam@resource-media.org, 215-796-7759 Candace Spencer, cspencer@sustainableagriculture.net, 202-547-5754 Sarah Borron, sarahb@whistleblower.org, 202-457-0034 ext. 157 Joe Maxwell, jmaxwell@competitivemarkets.com, 573-721-0927 Jennifer Fahy, jennifer@farmaid.org, 617-354-2922 Photos: http://bit.ly/UnduePreferencePetition [Washington, DC, October 10, 2019] – Today farm and rural advocacy […]

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Celebrate the Truth in Agriculture at FIC’s Ten Year Anniversary Conference!

FIC Staff | October 4, 2019

Celebrate the Truth in Agriculture at FIC’s Ten Year Anniversary Conference! Join us starting November 12 for the Food Integrity Campaign’s (FIC) 10th anniversary celebration – “FIC 10: Representing Truth in Agriculture,” featuring a full week of events in Washington, DC! Everyone eats and everyone is affected by the integrity of the food production system. […]

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Civil Eats: The Food System Needs Whistleblowers, Too

September 30, 2019

This op-ed, originally published by Civil Eats, was written by the Director of FIC, Amanda Hitt. The Food System Needs Whistleblowers, Too After the USDA recently handed over responsibility for food safety in pork production to the industry itself, a government accountability advocate urges greater protection for whistleblowers. Whistleblowing is making headlines. But the Trump […]

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FIC Researcher Releases Report on Climate Policy and the Power of the Livestock Industry

FIC Staff | August 28, 2019

FIC Researcher Releases Report on Climate Policy and the Power of the Livestock Industry Earlier this year, we told you about exciting FIC research tracking the relationship between climate change policy and the livestock industry. Our new white paper, “Mapping a Decade of the Climate Policy-Livestock Industry Nexus in the United States,” addresses this complicated […]

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Whistleblower Sues Second Largest U.S. Poultry Company

Food Integrity Campaign | October 29, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON –On October 25, Government Accountability Project filed an historic complaint against Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (“Pilgrim’s) on behalf of whistleblower Eric Hedrick and his business, Triple R Ranch, LLC. The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. Lawsuits against the poultry industry are […]

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Fighting for Food Whistleblowers in the Legal System

Food Integrity Campaign | March 2, 2018

The student ACLU chapter at Georgetown University Law School invited Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) Director Amanda Hitt to speak about the challenges of representing food system whistleblowers. Also on the panel was attorney David Muraskin from FIC ally Public Justice. Amanda and David both described how agribusiness impedes food system whistleblowers—and how we’re fighting back! […]

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North Carolina AgGag: The Fight Continues

Food Integrity Campaign | January 26, 2018

Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) staff recently traveled from Washington, DC, to a courtroom in Richmond, Virginia to hear the appellate oral arguments on the North Carolina AgGag law before the Fourth Circuit. This AgGag law is among the broadest of such laws nationwide. It punishes an extraordinary range of whistleblowing activity and exacts thousands of […]

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Arkansas Seeks to Pass Anti-Whistleblower Bill for Fourth Time

Food Integrity Campaign | March 8, 2017

The truth demands constant vigilance. And right now, we need all eyes on Arkansas. No rest for the weary, friends, as the lull in Ag-Gag legislation has sadly come to an end. Although GAP’s Food Integrity Campaign fights Ag-Gag every day in courts of law, we were all very much enjoying the break from new […]

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GAP Submits Amicus Brief to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to Support Rejection of Idaho’s “Ag Gag” Law

Food Integrity Campaign | June 27, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Government Accountability Project’s (GAP) Food Integrity Campaign filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday. The appeal seeks to uphold the U.S. District Court of Idaho’s August 2015 decision, which struck down Idaho’s controversial Ag Gag law. GAP submits that by criminalizing the taking of undercover […]

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Tennessee’s Ag Gag (Modeled After North Carolina Law) Didn’t Last Long

Sarah Damian | February 10, 2016

The latest in Ag Gag news is certainly a win for transparency advocates. Just three weeks after being introduced in January 2016, Tennessee’s Ag Gag bill has died in the state’s legislature. This is good news for food integrity supporters, and for all those who demand accountability across all corporate sectors. This latest version of […]

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News & Observer: Animal welfare, whistleblower groups sue over N.C. workplace bill

January 13, 2016

By Craig Jarvis A coalition of national interest groups sued in federal court in North Carolina on Wednesday to strike down a new law meant to stop people from taking jobs in order to expose workplace conditions. The law, which took effect on Jan. 1, was the result of unsuccessful efforts to pass an “ag-gag” […]

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GAP Goes to Court: North Carolina’s Anti-Whistleblower Law Cannot Stand!

Anna Myers | January 13, 2016

The Government Accountability Project (GAP), along with a coalition of watchdog organizations, filed a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s harmful anti-whistleblower legislation. The state’s law, which aims to punish those who conduct undercover investigations of any private entity in North Carolina, is one of the most appalling overt attempts to silence whistleblowers in GAP’s 38-year […]

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Coalition Sues North Carolina over Constitutionality of ‘Anti-Sunshine’ Law

Food Integrity Campaign | January 13, 2016

Raleigh, N.C. – A coalition of animal protection, consumer rights, food safety, and whistleblower protection organizations filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the constitutionality of a North Carolina law designed to deter whistleblowers and undercover investigators from publicizing information about corporate misconduct. The state legislature overrode a veto of the bill by Governor Pat McCrory […]

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Idaho’s Anti-Whistleblower Ag Gag Law Ruled Unconstitutional

Amanda Hitt | August 4, 2015

This piece was originally published in the Huffington Post. An Idaho court found that agricultural whistleblowing is not a crime. Consumers who want to know the truth about the food system won a big victory this week against the culture of silence thanks to U.S. Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill, who struck down Idaho’s anti-whistleblower […]

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