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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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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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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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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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Food Integrity Campaign Launches Game to Raise Awareness about USDA’s Proposed Hog Slaughter Rule

Food Integrity Campaign | March 22, 2018

Washington, DC – Today, the Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) released an online game, “Bacon Defender.” The game is FIC’s newest advocacy tool to fight the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS), a rule that deregulates pork inspection and in the process threatens worker safety, public health, and animal welfare. Bacon […]

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‘Bacon Defender’ Game Mocks Trump’s Proposed Pork Policy

March 22, 2018

This post was originally published by Eater. By Chris Fuhrmeister In an effort to raise awareness about the Donald Trump administration’s proposed deregulation of America’s pork industry, the Food Integrity Campaign has released an online game called Bacon Defender. It’s a doozy. The game mashes up graphics and music straight out of the 1980s, Trump […]

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