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When We Talk About Animals: Amanda Hitt on Why the Animal Agriculture Industry Needs Whistleblowers

March 11, 2020

Note: this podcast, featuring our Food Integrity Campaign Director Amanda Hitt, was originally published here. Amanda Hitt on Why the Animal Agriculture Industry Needs Whistleblowers In an age where almost everything we eat is produced outside of public view, whistleblowers are critical to maintaining the integrity of our food systems. These principled insiders are often the […]

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Totally Vegan Buzz: USDA Sued For Increasing Slaughterhouse Kill Speeds to 175 Chickens per Minute

March 6, 2020

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. USDA Sued For Increasing Slaughterhouse Kill Speeds to 175 Chickens per Minute A coalition of animal welfare groups has filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for increasing the killing ‘speed limit’ in chickens slaughterhouses […]

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Gov Exec: Federal Pork Inspectors Are Sounding the Alarm Over USDA’s Plan to Give Industry More Control

March 6, 2020

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. Federal Pork Inspectors Are Sounding the Alarm Over USDA’s Plan to Give Industry More Control After 20 years of studying the issue through four administrations, USDA is moving forward to give industry a bigger say in food safety operations. […]

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Vote Now to See FIC at Netroots!

FIC Staff | March 5, 2020

Dear supporter, We wanted to reach out to share an exciting opportunity for our FIC program. We have submitted a proposal to present at Netroots Nation this year, and we need your help! Vote today for the “Aligning Movements Toward a Just, Equitable, and Ethical Food System” panel moderated by FIC Director Amanda Hitt! Netroots […]

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Tell USDA: Farmers Deserve Better

FIC Staff | March 4, 2020

Dear FIC Supporter, America’s farmers are routinely exploited and retaliated against for voicing their concerns. We need your help to make sure that farmers have the ability to speak out against industrial agriculture without fear of retaliation! For years, farmers and their advocates have been telling the USDA that farmers deserve protections from unfair practices. […]

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One Green Planet: Amid Widespread Disease Transmission Concerns Linked to Meat Consumption, USDA Approves Slaughterhouses to Kill Birds 25% Faster

February 27, 2020

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. Amid Widespread Disease Transmission Concerns Linked to Meat Consumption, USDA Approves Slaughterhouses to Kill Birds 25% Faster In light of the Coronavirus, we are seeing first hand how wildlife trade and meat consumption are related to infectious diseases and the deadly risk it poses to public health. It […]

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Business Insurance: Lawsuit Filed Over Increase in Poultry Slaughter Line Speeds

February 27, 2020

Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. Lawsuit Filed Over Increase in Poultry Slaughter Line Speeds Several animal welfare groups and the Government Accountability Project have filed a lawsuit over the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2018 increase of poultry slaughter line speed limits. In September 2018, the […]

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The Humane Society: HSUS, Other Groups Sue Trump Administration for Speeding up Chicken Slaughter

February 25, 2020

This article, featuring the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. HSUS, Other Groups Sue Trump Administration for Speeding up Chicken Slaughter A coalition including the Humane Society of the United States today sued the Trump administration for allowing chicken slaughterhouses to dial up the breakneck speeds at which they kill birds. The increase, announced in 2018, allows […]

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FIC10 Conference Takeaways

FIC Staff | February 5, 2020

Over 150 guests attended the Food Integrity Campaign’s 10th-anniversary conference at the American University Washington College of Law. If you weren’t able to attend, here’s a list of some of our takeaway messages, followed by some photos from the event.    1) The Industrial Food System is Broken Veterinarian turned animal welfare whistleblower and FIC […]

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Food Integrity Campaign now on Instagram

Food Integrity Campaign | January 27, 2020

Our interns told us that FIC should get on Instagram, so we did! Check us out (sample posts are embedded below), and give us a follow… instagram.com/foodintegritycampaign Hope to see you soon on the Gram. -✌️

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Bringing Attention to the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Food Integrity Campaign | May 1, 2017

We’re wrapping up Earth Month here at FIC, but don’t think we’ll forget about the critical links between climate and food systems. We’re committed to standing for those who risk their livelihood to bring us truth. At the recent March for Science, scientists from numerous disciplines gathered to support the broad notion of “science.” I […]

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FIC Calls for Investigation into Collusion Between Monsanto, EPA

Food Integrity Campaign | March 21, 2017

Last week, a Bloomberg story revealed that an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official boasted to an executive at the agri-giant Monsanto Company about “killing” another investigation into safety concerns over Roundup, a controversial weed-killer. If collusion did in fact take place, Monsanto and the EPA need to be held accountable. FIC and its coalition colleagues […]

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Thank a Food Worker This Week!

Sarah Damian | November 24, 2014

In 2014, how many times have you gone grocery shopping or went out to eat at a restaurant? This week, consider the countless workers who grow, harvest, process, label, inspect, and ship food before it ends up on your dinner plate throughout the year. The Food Integrity Campaign is joining the Food Chain Workers Alliance […]

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Groups Outraged by Judge’s Ruling on Kauai Pesticide Law

Sarah Damian | August 26, 2014

FIC joins Kauai residents in expressing outrage over a judge’s ruling yesterday regarding a lawsuit to block implementation of the County’s pesticide transparency law. Magistrate Judge Barry M. Kurren ruled that Ordinance 960, which requires chemical companies to disclose pesticide use information and create buffer zones around sensitive areas, is pre-empted by state law. The […]

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Chemical Companies Play Victim to Escape Pesticide Oversight

Sarah Damian | July 23, 2014

If you’re concerned about genetically engineered (GE) food and their impact, then you should be concerned about what’s happening in Kauai. Get this: the giant chemical companies in Kauai – the ones that spray pesticides year-round on their GE crops – are now actually playing the victim card. Really, biotechs? Everybody knows it’s the local […]

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FIC Investigation into Big Biotech’s Kauai Influence Underway

Amanda Hitt | July 1, 2014

When most people think of Hawaii, they picture a beautiful and pristine tropical paradise. That’s what the FIC team thought too, until concerned citizen activists sought our help in exposing the improper influence of biotech companies on state legislators and officials. As it turns out, major biotech companies like BASF and Syngenta have taken an […]

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Pesticide Companies Sue Kauai to Stop Disclosure Law

Sarah Damian | January 13, 2014

Several biotech/pesticide companies kept their word by filing a lawsuit on Friday against the County of Kauai to block implementation of the recently passed pesticide disclosure bill (now Ordinance 960). This news is very disappointing, but not entirely surprising, as the industry shows where its real priorities lie – certainly not with public health. FIC […]

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GAP Investigates Biotech Industry Influence on Hawaii Government Officials

Food Integrity Campaign | December 20, 2013

(LIHUE) – The Government Accountability Project (GAP) submitted several information requests to Hawaii state and county officials about meetings and communications with large biotech companies during the debate over Kauai’s pesticide and disclosure legislation, Bill 2491. The bill, now law, requires biotech companies to disclose pesticide use information and establish buffer zones between their fields […]

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Honolulu Civil Beat: Biotech’s Influence on Hawaii Government Under Scrutiny

December 19, 2013

The Government Accountability Project is probing whether biotech companies exerted improper influence over Hawaii government officials while the Kauai County Council debated GMO and pesticide disclosure legislation this year. The Washington D.C.-based government watchdog group has submitted several information requests to Hawaii state and county officials asking them to disclose meetings and communications with biotech […]

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