“We need to feed the world” is biotech’s favorite marketing slogan. It paints proponents of sustainable agriculture as extremists who care more about shopping at Whole Foods than helping the hungry. And it’s so, so wrong.
A dairy cow in central California was recently diagnosed with BSE according to USDA Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford. But Clifford also said, “at no time” did this dairy cow present a risk to the food supply or human health.
New research shows that the U.S. may have hit “peak meat” in 2007. Since then, meat production has been on a steady decline.
In this eye-opening TED Talk, Food & Water Watch’s Wenona Hauter talks about a side of meat production that most folks probably don’t know much about: contract farming. In contract situations, huge meat producers, like Tyson Chicken, contract with small farmers to produce their meat. Don’t let the term “small farmers” fool you – these are factory farms. What happens, is that companies like Tyson make big profits while leaving the farmers in debt and responsible for the massive amounts of waste that factory farming creates. This talk is definitely worth the 11 minutes.