Education & Reference

What is the Ethical Choice? (Video)

Published Oct. 24, 2011

Charlie Arnot, CEO, Center for Food Integrity, discusses Ethical Choice and how you can make a difference for people, animals and the planet.

Is chocolate milk ban-worthy?

Published Aug. 30, 2011

Chocolate milk in school lunches continues to garner attention. Last week Santa Monica-Malibu schools in California decided to buck the current trend...

Recall: Limited Number of Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food

Published Aug. 1, 2011

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of 3.5- and 7-pound bags of its Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food...

Food, Mommy! Blog: Agriculture's Worst Enemies May Be Farmers

Published Aug. 1, 2011

Even with all of the challenges farmers face such as weather, market prices, disease, and pests, I am convinced the agriculture industry’s worst enemies are farmers themselves.

Farmer beware, some things to consider when hiring farm workers

Published Sep. 27, 2010

Hiring new employees can be a tedious process, no matter what kind of business you operate. You want people who will work hard, do the job right, be honest and represent your operation in a good way.

For livestock farmers, hiring has become increasingly complicated...

Protect yourself against animal activists

Published Sep. 13, 2010

Before an undercover activist strikes: be smart and do the right thing. The best public relations are to be responsible and to not let it happen in the first place.

Animals Don’t Have Rights, But Humans Do Have Duties

Published Sep. 10, 2010

In a 1986 interview with Washingtonian magazine, Ingrid Newkirk, the founder and still president of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, made a provocative statement that continues to be noticed today.

Egg Safety

Published Sep. 10, 2010

Due to the recent egg recall, you may be wondering if eggs are safe to eat....

Check out this really cool video!

Published Sep. 10, 2010

World food production will need to double by the year 2050 in order to head off mass hunger, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Welcome to USA Egg Farming

Published Sep. 10, 2010

A fifth-generation egg farmer, Greg and his family run Willamette Egg Farm in Oregon. Take a tour with Greg and let him show you how your eggs get from farm to fridge.

Is there a connection?

Published Jun. 9, 2010

HumaneWatch.org asks: Was the Mercy For Animals video pushed into the spotlight in order to give the Humane Society of the United States some new talking points for its Ohio political signature-gathering campaign?

Animal Rights On The March

Published May. 21, 2010

How animal rightists are bringing new meaning to the pledge "with liberty and justice for all." Washington, watch out.

DNR steps on toes with partnership

Published May. 13, 2010

Spring has sprung and the 2010 class of wild ones is appearing on the Wisconsin landscape.

Eggs: What we buy, pay, want

Published May. 12, 2010

American consumers buy eggs from cage housing systems by a margin of more than 40 to one over eggs from cage-free systems, according to data from Information Resources Inc. (IRI)...

Science before legislation

Published May. 6, 2010

In the U.S., the individual gestation stall for sows is being banned based on perception, not science, and that has Janeen Salak-Johnson, a University of Illinois associate professor in animal science, looking for answers......

HSUS Lawsuit: Friedlander v. Brunner (2010)

Published May. 3, 2010

In Friedlander v. Brunner, the Humane Society of the United States sought to invalidate an Ohio law holding that only residents of the state can gather signatures to put a legislative initiative on the ballot.

Antibiotics provide solutions

Published Apr. 14, 2010

There is much discussion surrounding the use of antibiotics in food producing animals and the risk of resistance that may result. According to Dr. Scott Hurd of Iowa State University, the risk is very minimal...

Mastio: It's not all about saving puppies at the activist Humane Society

Published Apr. 13, 2010

The Humane Society of the United States sparked quite the controversy last week, beginning with accusing the Iowa egg industry of animal abuse and ending with sniping between the group and Rep. Steve King.

Are You Ready For An Agriculture Emergency?

Published Apr. 12, 2010

The 2007 Ag Census from the USDA indicated that there were 656,475 operations specializing in beef cattle ranching and farming...

Pigs and people matter

Published Apr. 9, 2010

At this Iowa pork farm, management decisions are based on what's in the best interest of the pigs as well as family members that work in the barns.

USA Today ad: "Surprised?"

Published Apr. 9, 2010

This full-page ad ran in the "News" section of USA Today on April 1, 2010.

Get This: HSUS Targeting 4-H Kids

Published Apr. 9, 2010

As a kid, 4-H consumed my life. Through this youth program, I was able to try new things and learn from my experiences. Whether it was judging photography, showing steers and heifers, competing in speaking contests or making fun crafts...

Proper antibiotic-use helps prevent livestock disease

Published Mar. 31, 2010

Antibiotic use in livestock has been a source of controversy in the United States, but a Purdue University animal scientist said it can be an effective method of disease prevention and treatment when used correctly.

Four Arguments Against Animal Rightists

Published Mar. 31, 2010

A few days ago we blogged about Wesley J. Smith’s latest book, A Rat is a Pig is a Dog is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement. A Missouri firm named Food-Chain Communications recently sent out an interesting e-newsletter with four arguments against the animal rights movement...

Bags Fly Free (But So Do Animal-Rights Commercials)

Published Mar. 31, 2010

Facebook is a marvelous thing. On Friday I posted a note describing a Thursday night incident that an Ohio pork producer told me about.