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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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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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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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MEDIA ADVISORY: Food Integrity Campaign Joins Call for Food Transparency in Green New Deal

FIC Staff | April 12, 2019

PRESS ADVISORY April 12, 2019 Food Integrity Campaign Joins Call for Food Transparency in Green New Deal Over 300 Organizations Issue Sign-On Letter WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign joined 300 other organizations in calling for food systems solutions to be at the center of the Green New Deal. The coalition […]

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FIC Researcher Talks Dark Money, Trade Deals and the Beef Industry

FIC Staff | February 20, 2019

  The Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) and Climate Science & Policy Watch (CSPW) welcome seasoned researcher and international policy analyst, Anna Levy, to our team. As a Research Fellow, Anna is spearheading an investigation and research project at the intersection of industrial agriculture and climate change both in the United States and transnationally. She is […]

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Killing 22 Hogs a Minute, Meatpackers Test Old Limits of Safety

February 1, 2019

This article originally appeared on the Bloomberg website. By: Andrew Martin Trump’s USDA is looking to speed up the slaughter line.  In an Illinois River town where Abe Lincoln once toiled as a country lawyer, the slaughterhouse of the future runs at a speed that generations of Midwestern farmers would have dismissed as fantasy. At other factories, […]

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Announcing the FIC Internship!

FIC Staff | January 4, 2019

Are you passionate about food integrity and agriculture policy? Do you think industrial agriculture stacks the deck against farmers and industry workers? Do you want to help empower whistleblowers to expose threats to food safety, animal welfare, worker health, and the environment? The Food Integrity Campaign seeks motivated interns for the spring and summer. We […]

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Trump Nominates “Pink Slime” Advocate for Top Food Safety Role

FIC Staff | November 27, 2018

Donald Trump nominates so many unqualified people for positions within his administration that it’s almost laughable. Trump’s picks leave much to be desired – especially where science is concerned! Compared to the others, Dr. Mindy Brashears appears to have the requisite expertise to serve as USDA’s Undersecretary for Food Safety. But look deeper, and you’ll […]

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Cell-Based Meat: The Great Debate

Food Integrity Campaign | November 7, 2018

Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) staff spent two days at a recent joint meeting of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about cell-based meat. FIC defends transparency and truth-telling in the food system, a position that often leads us to criticize the industrial meat and poultry industry. Watching this meeting […]

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A Compassionate, Sustainable Alternative to Conventional Meat?

Food Integrity Campaign | November 6, 2018

Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) whistleblower clients have revealed serious problems with modern meat production: mistreated animals, unsafe working conditions, and food safety hazards. Proponents of a new technology called cell-based meat aim to circumvent many problems altogether through a completely new production system. In short, cell-based meat involves taking cells from an animal, using those […]

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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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