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Chobani Speaks Out against Idaho’s Ag Gag Bill, Urges Governor Veto

Sarah Damian | February 28, 2014

A huge development has emerged as food integrity supporters continue to monitor Idaho’s potential passing of its anti-whistleblower Ag Gag bill. As the legislation reached Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s desk for approval yesterday (after both state houses passed the controversial measure), FIC and our coalition partners decided to put pressure on yogurt company Chobani […]

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Idaho Senate Passes Ag Gag Bill, Seeks to Mask Wrongdoers

Sarah Damian | February 20, 2014

Idaho has a $2.5 billion dairy industry … with a lot to hide, apparently. The state Senate passed Idaho’s anti-whistleblower Ag Gag bill (S.1337) last Friday, which would make it a crime to photograph or videotape wrongdoing on a farm. The state has a history of enacting laws that make it easier for CAFOs (concentrated […]

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Poll: Consumers Call for More Government Oversight of Food Safety

Sarah Damian | February 11, 2014

According to a new Harris Poll, 73 percent of Americans think there should be more government oversight of the food supply. Someone should alert the USDA, since the agency is proposing the exact opposite: the removal of government inspectors in poultry plants and transferring their duties to private industry workers (who are not empowered to […]

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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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Industry’s New Ag Gag Strategy Has Same Endgame

Sarah Damian | January 8, 2014

We already got a taste of it last year, but according to Food Safety News, Big Ag has revamped its legislative strategy for 2014 when it comes to silencing whistleblowers. As evidenced by the defeat of all 11 anti-whistleblower Ag Gag bills in 2013, it’s clear that the states won’t allow the animal agriculture industry […]

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USDA Poultry Plan Linked to Animal Welfare, Food Safety Threats

Sarah Damian | October 31, 2013

Where there’s risk of animal cruelty at slaughterhouses, food safety concerns are probably not that far behind, and vice versa! USDA whistleblowers have revealed in the last two years the threats to public health caused by the agency’s poultry processing inspection plan (which would increase line speeds to 175 birds per minute), but now poultry […]

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Coalition Welcomes Defeat of All 11 Anti-Whistleblower Ag Gag Bills in 2013

Food Integrity Campaign | July 29, 2013

FIC and many of our diverse coalition partners contributed to a statement released today by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) regarding anti-whistleblower Ag Gag legislation. The statement reads in part: … a broad spectrum of public interest groups today welcomed the defeat of all 11 ag-gag/anti-whistleblower bills that were […]

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EPA Lets CAFOs Off the Hook, Drops Farm Waste Reporting Rule

Sarah Damian | July 16, 2012

What seemed like a basic information request seems to have been too much for factory farms that prefer to keep things under wraps. The EPA originally planned to issue a final rule this month that would require the owners of CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) to report certain data, such as the amount of waste […]

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Big Ag’s Water Pollution Costs Billions to Manage: Study

Sarah Damian | March 13, 2012

Water contamination from factory farm waste and agricultural pesticides is a growing problem and usually lacks a media spotlight. This week, however, two separate studies illustrating how big of a problem we face received decent attention. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development report paints a bleak picture of the billions of dollars spent around […]

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Utah Ag-Gag Following in Iowa’s Footsteps

Sarah Damian | March 8, 2012

The Utah Senate passed the state’s “Ag Gag” bill yesterday with a 24-5 vote in a move to prevent undercover videotaping of abuse at livestock and poultry facilities. Following in Iowa’s footsteps, lawmakers changed some language to penalize individuals who apply for a job at an agricultural operation under false pretenses. According to Sen. Dave […]

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