Mexico: Public Health, Rising Obesity and the NAFTA Effect

Note: this post was originally published on Civil Eats and Food Tank. On a visit to southern Mexico in 2008, I was shocked to see Coca-Cola billboards dotting rural highways, and roadside tiendas selling bottles of Coke along… Read More

Thinking of Food on World Population Day

Today is World Population Day, an appropriate day to reflect upon the sustainability of our growing world population. While this year’s theme, “Adolescent Pregnancy,” addresses an important issue, Brighter Green is also interested in the consumption habits of… Read More

The Human Victims of Industrial Animal Agriculture

On the week of June 3rd, China provided another sad example of the impacts of industrial agriculture-showing that animals aren’t the only victims. A poultry slaughterhouse in Northeast Jilin province caught fire leading to the death of at… Read More

Preventing a Livestock Revolution in Liberia: the Need for a New International Vision

In Liberia, the FAO has been involved in a number of poultry projects for both broilers and laying hens. It has constructed three factory farm style operations in the interior of the country to train locals in “modern… Read More

Livestock Intensification as a Misguided Response to Liberia’s Food Woes

Like much of Sub-Saharan Africa, Liberia struggles with malnutrition and food insecurity. While finding solutions to these problems is a major developmental goal for the country, unfortunately, the government and its international partners’ response has included a strong… Read More

It’s World Environment Day

This blog was originally published on the Huffington Post’s Green section, titled “What’s the Connection to China’s and the U.S.’ Pigs and the Smithfield-Shuanghui Deal?“. It’s World Environment Day and this year’s focus is on reducing food waste and getting people… Read More

Meat and Development in Liberia

Ross Miranti is a guest blogger for Brighter Green. Meat consumption correlates with income; poorer individuals and countries tend to consume less than their wealthier counterparts. This applies to Liberia, one of the poorest nations in the world,… Read More

Solution to China’s Pollution is on Its Plate

Given the planned purchase of U.S.-based Smithfield, the world’s largest producer of pork, by China-based agribusiness Shuanghui, an exploration of the ecological impacts of China’s fast-expanding meat production and consumption is in order. More Than Just Cars and… Read More

China Elaborates Law to Enhance Food Safety

On May 2nd, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) of China issued Interpretations on food safety criminal cases. The next day, a spokesman of the SPC further elaborated on the Interpretations during a… Read More

Sustaining Agro-Forests

Last week, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization held its first International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition in attempts to raise awareness of the contribution of forests to food security, economic development, and ecosystem… Read More