Globalization of Factory Farming

Globalization of Factory Farming

This series of policy papers and short videos forms the foundation of Brighter Green’s Program on Food Policy and Equity. The papers document the globalization of industrial animal agriculture in Brazil, China, Ethiopia, and India through the lens of climate change. They also explore additional environmental, food security, equity, livelihood, and animal welfare impacts of this phenomenon.

Below are the four full-length policy papers, four two-page policy briefs based on the papers, and short documentary videos outlining the key issues covered in each policy paper. Materials in Portuguese, Chinese, and Amharic are also available (see links below).


Cattle, Soyanization, and Climate Change: Brazil’s Agricultural Revolution
By Mia MacDonald and Justine Simon, Brighter Green

Brazil Case Study
Brazil Research Brief

For policy documents and video narrated in Portuguese, click here.

To view all Brazil materials, click here.


Skillful Means: The Challenges of China’s Encounter with Factory Farming
By Mia MacDonald and Sangamithra Iyer, Brighter Green

China Case Study
China Research Brief

For policy documents and video in Chinese, click here.

To view all China materials, click here.


Climate, Food Security, & Growth: Ethiopia’s Complex Relationship with Livestock
By Mia MacDonald and Justine Simon, Brighter Green

Ethiopia Case Study
Ethiopia Research Brief

For policy documents and video in Amharic, click here.

To view all Ethiopia materials, click here.


Veg or Non-Veg? India at the Crossroads
By Mia MacDonald and Sangamithra Iyer, Brighter Green

India Case Study
India Research Brief

To view all India materials, click here.