Newsbites: Choice Tidbits from the Week in Sustainable Food

  PR Flub of the Week The award this week goes to Trader Joe’s. The feel-good bastion of all things fair and natural, has steadfastly refused to sign a Fair Food Agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)—a social-justice organization based in the south-Florida migrant community of Immokalee. The coalition has long been pressing supermarkets […]

Horrific Video of Gestation Crates at Smithfield Piglet Facility

From the Humane Society of the United States’ press release: The Humane Society of the United States has released findings from an undercover investigation that documented the inhumane treatment of female breeding pigs and piglets at a Virginia factory farm owned by a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer. The investigation is […]

Raising a Stink: Neighbors Win $11-million Lawsuit Against Foul-Smelling Factory Hog Farm

Where I live in Vermont, the occasional whiff of manure is considered a minor inconvenience, one worth putting up with to live in this bucolic state, like mud in April, blackflies in May, mosquitoes in June, frost in September, leaf-peeping tourists in October, and snow for much of the rest of the year. Don’t get […]