January 26, 2015
Executive Director Mia MacDonald was quoted in Advisory Board member Anna Lappe's article on Chatham House
's recent study on peoples' understanding of climate change and food, particularly meat production. You can view the Civil Eats article here
January 22, 2015
Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition
, published a new report entitled, "Meat from a Landscape Under Threat: Testimonies of the Impacts of Unsustainable Livestock and Soybean Production in Paraguay". You can access the report here
January 22, 2015
Brighter Green and Executive Director Mia MacDonald were featured in NYC City Council Representative Helen Rosenthal's press release
on the push for NYC to adopt the Meatless Monday campaign.
January 10, 2015
Brighter Green Executive Director Mia MacDonald appears on Our Hen House
's highlight reel episode on January 10th. The original TV episode can be viewed here
December 4, 2014
Brighter Green and Humane Society International
published a policy recommendation document
on animal agriculture and climate change for the COP 20 meeting in Lima, Peru. You can access the document here
October 14, 2014
Brighter Green released a summary
of a forthcoming nature's rights paper entitled Nature's Rights: Rivers, Trees, Whales, and Apes
July 23, 2014
Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou was interviewed by Our Hen House
on Brighter Green's What's For Dinner? and China screening tour in June and July 2014.
June 27, 2014
Brighter Green releases its June 2014 newsletter highlighting achievements and events in the first part of 2014. You can view the newsletter here
June 15, 2014
Brighter Green launches the China tour of the short documentary film "What's For Dinner?"
. The film is screened in multiple cities through July 2014 and provinces including Beijing, Shanghai, and Zhejiang province. To learn more please click here
May 22, 2014
Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition
announce the release
of a new report and briefing paper on redirecting government support for unsustainable livestock production as the key to biodiversity conservation.
May 9, 2014
Brighter Green's short documentary film What's For Dinner?
is now featured on Icarus Films' website
, WFD's North American distributor. Visit the website for more information on screening or purchasing the film.
March 5, 2014
Brighter Green Associate Sangamithra Iyer publishes an eBook entitled The Lines We Draw
distributed by Hen Press
, the publishing arm of Our Hen House
. The book explores the boundaries — physical, biological, and ethical — evolved out of a conversation with the late Dr. Alfred Prince, a hepatitis researcher, about the use of chimpanzees in medical research, and is expanded into a larger discussion about ethics.
February 20, 2014
Brighter Green releases their newest policy paper Beyond the Pail: the Emergence of Industrialized Dairy Systems in Asia
exploring the trend toward increased dairy consumption and production in Asia and argues that the growth of industrial systems results in severe consequences for the environment, public health, animal welfare, and rural economies. You may access the paper here
February 7, 2014
Brighter Green Executive Director Mia MacDonald and Associate Sangamithra Iyer present a session entitled "The Global Diet & Sustainability: Multi-country Perspectives" at the Ivy League Vegan Conference
at Princeton University. The conference is in its third year and is dedicated to exploring veganism and bioethics.
January 1, 2014
Brighter Green documentary What's For Dinner?
launches Chinese website
. This will increase awareness of the issues raised in What's For Dinner?
and allow individuals in China to learn more about the film.
December 20, 2013
Brighter Green documentary What's For Dinner?
signs with Icarus Films
, a well known
independent film distributor, to help ensure that What's For Dinner?
is screened widely.
December 19, 2013
Take a look at our most recent Brighter Green newsletter where we announce some of our recent accomplishments as well as what we have planned for 2014. You can read the newsletter here
November 27, 2013
COP 19's Global Landscapes Forum
, where Brighter Green co-sponsored a side event
, released a statement
calling for a new approach to tackling climate change, food insecurity, and poverty saying that "fragmentation is our enemy". The statement calls for the need to "work together across landscapes".
November 18, 2013
Brighter Green submits policy recommendations with Global Forest Coalition after the networking panel session "Land, landscapes, livestock, and farms"
. For more information please read about Brighter Green's involvement in COP 19 here
October 28, 2013
Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition
expand biodiversity laws on their joint paper
: Industrial Agriculture, Livestock Farming, and Climate Change: Global Social, Cultural, Ecological, and Ethical Impacts of an Unsustainable Industry.
August 8, 2013
has joined Brighter Green as an Associate. She is currently a Research Intern at Worldwatch Institute
where her studies touch on climate change, energy, and food systems. She is also an International Assistant with the Alliance to Save Energy
, where her work focuses on the Climate & Gender issue in Southeast Asia, and the U.S.-China sustainable development exchange. She recently received her Master’s degree in Climate & Society from Columbia University.
July 29, 2013
Brighter Green was among the 230 environmental groups that urged President Obama to address water pollution issues arising from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). President Obama had promised to control pollution from industrial livestock operations during his campaign for President, but has not toughened regulations. The letter
to Obama also addresses the EPA's laxity in regulating CAFOS.
July 18, 2013
Judy Bankman, a New York University masters student in Public Health Nutrition, published the first of a series of blogs on the Civil Eats website
. Her blog, "Mexico: Public Health, Rising Obesity and the NAFTA Effect" is part of the Brighter Green Public Health Project that aims to investigate how the adoption of the Western diet in the global South is contributing to an increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Her blog was re-tweeted by author Michael Pollan
and featured in the AGree news feed
July 1, 2013
Executive Director Mia MacDonald was interviewed for and Brighter Green's work is noted in a recent article in the journal Climatic Change
entitled "Meat consumption and climate change: the role
of non-governmental organizations". In addition to this article, two more journal articles will be coming out later this year on this research.
June 7, 2013
A very good analysis in China Dialogue
on Shuanghui's purchase of Smithfield, the world's largest pork producer quotes executive director and Brighter Green guest blogger Wanqing Zhou
, a Worldwatch Institute researcher and Beijing native.
June 7, 2013
The briefing paper
on industrial livestock production and deforestation, published in English and Spanish by Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition
(GFC), is being disseminated at the UN climate change conference now underway in Bonn, Germany
. Thanks to GFC executive director Simone Lovera, who's participating in the talks and who spoke about this research during a side event (formal panel) at the conference.
May 30, 2013
Brighter Green's May 2013 Newsletter is here
. See what we have been working on in our three program areas: Food Policy and Equity, Sustainability and Community, and Climate Change, Livelihoods and Rights, and some upcoming projects.
May 22, 2013
On the occasion of the International Day for Biodiversity and the start of UN talks on a possible sustainable development goal (SDG) on agriculture Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition
have published a briefing paper to raise awareness of the negative impacts of rapidly expanding industrial livestock farming and large-scale cattle ranching on the world's forests and biodiversity. Industrial animal agriculture cuts across multiple sectors, affecting land use, water, food security, public health, and climate change. But too often these intersections are overlooked.
May 19, 2013
Brighter Green's Executive Director Mia MacDonald spoke about climate change and animal agriculture, and the ecological impacts of the global spread of factory farm operations, at the Seed Experience
in New York City on May 18, 2013. She also screened Green's short documentary, "What's for Dinner?"
Find out more about the film, including how to show it, here
May 2, 2013
Executive Director Mia MacDonald's blog post on the U.S. National Climate Assessment and U.S. and global systems of food production was featured in the Huffington Post
and was re-blogged on the American food system news website Civil Eats
March 29, 2013
Brighter Green collaborated with Global Forest Coalition
on an event and paper on the risks of industrial livestock production for the environment, communities (including indigenous communities), and animals at the World Social Forum
December 7, 2012
Brighter Green and Tribal Link
hosted a successful fundraiser for the East African Girls' Leadership Initiative
in December 2012. Over $3,000 were raised to help support two girls' education, living costs, rights training, mentoring, and leadership skill workshops for one year. Singer-songwriter Joy Askew
performed at the event and Grace Koutimet, from SIMOO
spoke about the role of Maasai women in the community and how educating Maasai women greatly assists the communities' progress.
December 6, 2012
Brighter Green's Mia MacDonald's blog post on COP 18
and the conference's failure to address the negative effects of industrial food systems, particularly industrial agriculture, on climate change appeared in the Huffington Post
on December 6, 2012.
December 3, 2012
Brighter Green's Mia MacDonald participated in and moderated a side event to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP18
) in Doha, Qatar in December 2012. The side event entitled "Climate Change & Ensuring Sustainable, Humane, Equitable Food Systems: Views from the North and South" focused on climate change and livestock farming. Xie Zheng, featured in Brighter Green's short documentary "What's for Dinner?" also spoke at the event. For more information on Brighter Green's research on climate change and the globalization of farming click here
November 16, 2012
Brighter Green has just become a member of Climate Action Network-U.S. (USCAN), in the lead up to the COP18 climate summit.
November 5, 2012
What's for Dinner was mentioned in Veg News magazine's Media Lounge section in the November+December 2012 issue.
November 2, 2012
For Food Day 2012
Brighter Green hosted an online event for Food Day: a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food. We screened three movies related to global industrial food production and held a Facebook discussion on our Facebook page.
October 26, 2012
The Katerva Award
is given annually to the most promising ideas and efforts to advance the planet toward sustainability. Executive Director Mia MacDonald is a member of the 2012 impact panel for the food security category
. Mia and the other panel members, all experts on food security, agriculture, social change, and sustainability from around the world, have ranked the food security finalists. The Award Council
(members include Mary Robinson and Marina da Silva) is now deliberating. The award-winning project and runners up will be announced on December 7th.
October 15, 2012
Brighter Green's Executive Director Mia MacDonald spoke at the Global Diet and Sustainability Conference
on October 12th at the New School in New York City. This conference explored the global consumption of animal based products (meat, eggs, and dairy) and the negative impacts these products have on humans, animals, and the planet.
August 23, 2012
Great news! Brighter Green's short documentary "What's for Dinner?"
will be screening with terrific long-form documentary "Vegucated"
as part of New York City's annual Climate Week
). Q&A and climate-friendly food to follow. Save the date: Saturday, September 29, 1-4 p.m., Anthology Film Archives, Manhattan. Free.
July 14, 2012
June marked the middle of the second term for the Kenyan girls' academic calendar, and the end of the first term for the Tanzanian girls.
June 28, 2012
Take a look at what we've been up to this year in our summer newsletter
. Please note, the links are not active so please refer to the website for relevant pages.
June 18, 2012
Brighter Green worked on this video
honoring the legacy of Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai for the Green Belt Movement
to be shown at the UN Rio+20 Earth Summit underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
June 7, 2012
Mia MacDonald recently attended the 2012 Animals and Society Institute and Wesleyan University's Animal Studies initiative's Fellowship Program
conference at Wesleyan.
May 14, 2012
Mia MacDonald is attending the Climate Change Conference
in Bonn, Germany. It runs from May 14-25 at the Maritim Hotel in Bonn.
April 10, 2012
Brighter Green is pleased to announce a new associate, Eve Feng. Eve is a media and communications consultant for various international organizations, and shares our interest in climate change, animal welfare, sustainable development, and equity.
December 30, 2011
Happy New Year from Brighter Green! Please take a look at our most recent newsletter
for a summary of what Brighter Green has accomplished this year.
December 6, 2011
Brighter Green participated in an official side event at the UN climate summit with partners Humane Society International and Compassion in World Farming. Mia MacDonald's presentation from the event on December 2 is posted here.
October 21, 2011
Brighter Green is excited to spread the word about Food Day
, a day for all Americans to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.
October 12, 2011
Thanks to the hard work of translator Tibebe Mengistu, the Ethiopia video is now available with an Amharic narration
. To view the rest of the Globalization of Factory Farming materials related to Ethiopia and other countries, click here
September 29, 2011
In this blog on the Huffington Post
, Mia MacDonald reflects on Wangari Maathai's life, their work together, and what made Wangari remarkable.
September 27, 2011
Mia MacDonald is quoted in this article in the U.K. Independent
about how Kenyans are dealing with the loss of Wangari Maathai. Mia recalls the day in 2004 when Wangari learned she had won Nobel Peace Prize -- Mia was there -- and how what happened after the news broke embodied Wangari's approach and the values she held.
September 21, 2011
Thanks to translator Tibebe Mengistu, the Amharic translation of the Ethiopia policy brief is now available in a smaller file size
for dial-up internet connections.
September 9, 2011
Brighter Green's short documentary, "What's for Dinner?"
exploring rising meat consumption and production in China
, has been chosen to screen at the 12th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
. The festival runs October 20-28, 2011 in San Diego, California. A schedule of screenings will be posted soon. In the meantime, view a short interview about the making of the film with "What's for Dinner?" director Jian Yi here
August 23, 2011
Brighter Green Executive Director Mia MacDonald was interviewed August 17 by REAL (Responsible Eating and Living) founder and radio host, Caryn Hartglass. For a podcast of Mia's interview, click here
July 12, 2011
Brighter Green Research Associate Justine Simon spoke at the FoodFight
conference hosted by Columbia University's Teacher's College last week. The presentation, which addressed the environmental impacts of global meat and dairy production, is available here
June 3, 2011
The five Kenyan girls participating in the Girls' Leadership Initiative recently offered their thoughts on the program and its supporters as they embarked on a new school term (an update was also given about their academic performance and family situations). To read some of the girls' comments in their own words, click here
May 27, 2011
Brighter Green's recently released policy brief on climate change and animal agriculture in Brazil, Gado, “Sojanização” e Mudança Climática, in Portuguese, has been published on the website of the Brazilian Vegetarian Society.
Read the full policy paper (in English), Cattle, Soyanization, and Climate Change: Brazil's Agricultural Revolution here
May 27, 2011
The short documentary video for Brazil Brighter Green produced to accompany the release of its policy research on global warming and animal agriculture is now available in Portuguese with narration by Andréa Nichols. Watch it here.
May 12, 2011
An article by Mia MacDonald has been published in China Dialogue
, a leading online English-Chinese journal on environmental issues. The piece explores China's recent drought, climate change, and rising production of livestock and consumption of animal-based foods. It also contains details of reactions to Mia's recent presentations in Beijing and Shanghai on these topics. Read and comment on the English version here
. The Chinese version is here
May 5, 2011
The Chinese media picks up on Brighter Green Executive Director Mia Macdonald's recent trip to China, where she discussed the links between climate change and increased meat consumption. Chinese news sources including 21cbh.com
, and nfdaily.com
have published coverage of her presentation and presentations made by Dr. Robert Goodland and Gerry Wedderburn-Bishop in Beijing and Shanghai.
April 30, 2011
Brighter Green is pleased to announce its collaborative documentary short, "What's for Dinner?"
has been accepted into two spring film festivals, one in the U.S. and one in South Korea. Click here
for more details.
April 29, 2011
Brighter Green's Mia MacDonald was interviewed by partner organization Farm Sanctuary
for a new web initiative, Plate to Planet. The educational microsite includes a short video, voiced by actor Jason Schwartzman, as well as interesting statistics and facts about global factory farming. Click here
to see the video, as well as Mia MacDonald's interview.
April 20, 2011
Read about what Brighter Green's been up to and where we've been: China, Cancun (for the UN climate summit), and campuses. Click here for the April 2011 newsletter
April 19, 2011
Shanghai's Science & Technology News has published an article
[Chinese only] on livestock and climate change, including information from Mia MacDonald's recent talk at the Shanghai Academy of Environmental Sciences.
March 30, 2011
Mia MacDonald spoke today as part of a panel, along with with Dr. Robert Goodland and Dr. Gerry Bishop, on livestock and climate change to undergrad and graduate students at the Beijing Institute of Technology. A lively discussion ensued -- in English and Chinese -- followed by an on campus banquet.
March 30, 2011
on events at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, at which Mia MacDonald of Brighter Green spoke.
March 29, 2011
Executive Director Mia MacDonald spoke at the conference “Beijing 2011 - Summit Forum on Science and Technology for A Carbon Neutral Society” at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in central Beijing today. She described Brighter Green's research on the growth of factory farm systems in China, their link to to climate change, and their impacts in the U.S.
March 14, 2011
Brighter Green's Executive Director Mia MacDonald discusses Brighter Green's mission and work related to the environment, animals, and sustainable development with Our Hen House
. The podcast is available here
March 11, 2011
Daniel Salau shares his report on the December 2010 Human Rights Workshop in Arusha, Tanzania. Read more about the program's developments here
January 11, 2011
The participating girls from Brighter Green's collaborative Girls' Education, Leadership, and Rights Training Initiative wrap up a human rights workshop held in Arusha, Tanzania. They have also returned to school to start the 2011 academic year.
December 2, 2010
Mia MacDonald's latest article
has appeared in The Huffington Post. Writing from the Cancun, Mexico climate change talks now underway, she urges delegates to consider the linkages between animal agriculture and global warming.
November 23, 2010
Brighter Green's November 2010 newsletter
is now available. See what we've been up to (policy papers, documentary videos, and a film, outreach, climate change talks, girls' leadership, and more), and what we're planning for 2011.
October 27, 2010
Our East African partners SIMOO
met in Ngong, Kenya for an annual meeting to evaluate the Girls' Leadership Initiative
. Among topics discussed were the girls' academic performances, their candidacies for university attendance, and an upcoming human rights workshop in December.
September 30, 2010
Simone de Lima, biologist and Professor of Psychology at the Universidade de Brasília, Brazil, joins Brighter Green's Associates Program
. Click here
to view a recent collaboration with Simone: Brighter Green's short video on the ecological impacts of Brazil's rapidly expanding soybean and meat production.
September 30, 2010
a video of Daniel Salau Rogei, program coordinator for SIMOO (Simba Maasai Outreach Organization), one of the five partner NGOs for the initiative, discuss the latest developments after visiting nine of the participating girls at their schools in Kenya and Tanzania.
September 7, 2010
Mia MacDonld's presentation from the AAWA conference in Nairobi is available
now, covering Ethiopia's livestock sector, developments in nature's rights and animal rights, and strategies for action.
August 31, 2010
Narrated by former Brighter Green intern Whitney Hoot
, this video
is part of Brighter Green's Food Policy and Equity Program
, outlining the social, environmental, and animal welfare consequences of intensifying meat production and rising domestic and export consumption on Ethiopia, home of Africa's largest livestock herd.
August 31, 2010
Brighter Green's program on Food Policy and Equity
continues to grow, with a video
on the expansion of Brazil's livestock sector now available. The video, narrated by Simone de Lima, professor of psychology at the University of Brasilia and founder of Brazilian animal rights organization Pro-Anima
, explores the profound environmental consequences of Brazil's booming livestock and soy industries.
July 12, 2010
As part of Brighter Green's Food Policy and Equity Program
, a short video detailing China's rising consumption of animal products is now available
. The video is narrated by Brighter Green Associate Stella Zhou
, who is blogging
from China this summer. More to come soon as we explore further the impacts of the globalization of industrial animal agriculture in China, India, Brazil, and Ethiopia.
June 2, 2010
Last month, Mia MacDonald posted a blog
on the Huffington Post, covering Goldman Sach's involvement with factory farming in China. Her piece, "Investment Bankers with Wings: Making a Killing," earned several notable mentions online, from sources such as the PETA Files
, Discovery's Planet Green
, and Current TV
May 4, 2010
Mia MacDonald posted a blog on Goldman Sachs's investment in factory farming in China on the Huffington Post. Read it here
. Feel free to add your comments or share with others or link to it.
April 21, 2010
Brighter Green Executive Director Mia MacDonald recently discussed the environmental impacts of factory farming at a Pace Law School Panel, organized by the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Environmental Law Society. Click here
for the PDF of this presentation.
April 14, 2010
Brighter Green colleague Anna Lappé's
new book is out. Diet for a Hot Planet
addresses the climate impact of our food choices, and what we can do to make a difference. Thanks, Anna, for mentioning Brighter Green's work in helping to shape a more just and sustainable food system for New York City!
March 9, 2010
The March issue of Resurgence Magazine, themed "The Future of Food," has published an article by Brighter Green Executive Director Mia MacDonald. Click here
for a PDF version of the article, "Eat Like it Matters."
January 31, 2010
Executive Director Mia MacDonald has joined the Board of Directors of Green Belt Movement International-North America
. Founded in 1977 by Nobel Peace Laureate and Brighter Green colleague, Wangari Maathai
, the Green Belt Movement (GBM) promotes a bottom-up, holistic approach to development and environmental conservation.
January 8, 2010
The piece by Mia MacDonald
, originally published in "Sanctuary," the newsletter of Farm Sanctuary
, makes clear the connection between animal agriculture and environmental degradation, and spotlights city-level "green food" resolutions.
December 18, 2009
Richard Greene, host and producer of a daily show on Air America
, interviewed Mia MacDonald last night at the Klimaforum about "What's for Dinner?" and Brighter Green's work on the globalization of industrial animal agriculture.
December 17, 2009
Brighter Green's screening of "What's for Dinner?"
took place last night at the Klimaforum in Copenhagen. The turn out was great, with the venue filled to capacity, and a lively discussion taking place afterwards. Read more about the event in Mia MacDonald's blog
December 17, 2009
Citing parts of Samuel Naikada's presentation at the "side event" co-sponsored by the Green Belt Movement and Brighter Green on December 11 at the Copenhagen climate summit, the COP 15 Post (a daily paper on the summit proceedings in English) has published an article
on Wangari Maathai, and climate change in Kenya.
December 14, 2009
In addition to posting here, Brighter Green's Executive Director Mia MacDonald is also blogging from the Copenhagen climate talks for Nobel peace laureate Wangari Maathai's Green Belt Movement. Read her blogs here
December 11, 2009
Brighter Green has posted three new draft summaries (PDF)—of Ethiopia
, and India
—of its forthcoming papers on the challenges to public health, environmental conservation, and animal welfare faced by these countries as they attempt to increase their production of meat and dairy.
December 11, 2009
Fall is winding down, and Brighter Green is getting ready for the UN climate talks in Copenhagen, beginning on December 7th and running for two weeks. Executive Director Mia MacDonald will be at the climate summit in Copenhagen, beginning on December 10th. Brighter Green was approved to attend as an "observer organization" (UN speak for NGO attendees). Read on to learn about our what we're planning for Copenhagen and our current projects.
November 16, 2009
Brighter Green Research Associate Justine Simon is back from the Massachusetts Climate Action Network, and her presentation on the climate impacts of our diets - particularly in terms of meat and dairy consumption - is now available
in PDF form.
November 6, 2009
Brighter Green Associate Stella Zhou's presentation from the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival is now available in PDF form
. At the conference, Stella discussed China's embrace of factory farming and the missing role of farm animals in present-day public health discussions.
November 1, 2009
was interviewed by the International Herald Tribune about her experiences in China for an article on meat consumption and its impact on climate change.
August 21, 2009
Watch our brand new video
on the East African Girls' Education, Leadership and Rights Training Initiative. Hear Lucy Mulenkei of the Nairobi-based Indigenous Information Network discuss the program's launch and progress and learn more about the lives of the ten girls who are participating in it.
August 17, 2009
Welcome to Brighter Green's summer newsletter. We've been busy these past few months, attending events, developing our online presence, and launching our Associates Program. We also have a number of exciting projects underway. Please read on for an update, and thanks for your interest in our work.
August 6, 2009
Our partner, Tribal Link Foundation
, has put up a Facebook Cause page to help raise money for the girls' school fees and living expenses (learn more about the girls and the project here
). If you'd like to support this work, please visit here
August 1, 2009
Executive Director Mia MacDonald spoke about the Environment and Industrial Animal Agriculture at Farm Sanctuary's annual Hoe-Down in Watkins Glen, NY. A PDF version of her presentation is available for download.
July 21, 2009
Brighter Green is now on Facebook. Become a fan, get updates of our latest events, and communicate with our network!
July 20, 2009
Harvard Public Health graduate student Stella Zhou
becomes a Brighter Green Associate. Stella's interests include population-level bioethics, animal rights, and the relationship between public health and diet. A Chinese citizen, Stella hopes to use her degree to reinvigorate the bioethics curricula used in Chinese Universities. Brighter Green looks forward to working with Stella and gaining from her fresh insights.
July 9, 2009
A piece by Mia MacDonald on China's response to factory farming was the featured article on today's China Dialogue
, a bilingual Web forum for news and analysis on China and the environment. Click here
to read the article in English and leave a comment. The Chinese version of the article and a comment forum is here.
July 1, 2009
for Sangamithra Iyer's biography. One of her interests is tracking the global rise of meat, egg and dairy consumption and its environmental and social implications. She'll be documenting factory farm facilities and trends in India in the coming months, as well as the food economy in Korea from the perspective of an organic berry farm. Read her first blog, from Korea, here
June 30, 2009
(PDF) to reduce New York City's collective and individual climate "foodprint" is introduced today to the City Council. Press conference and rally 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, on the steps of City Hall. All are welcome to attend.
May 13, 2009
Brighter Green Executive Director Mia MacDonald is blogging from the Nobel Women's Initiative conference in Guatemala. Click here
to read her daily posts.
May 12, 2009
New links have been added to the Resources
section of this website that encompass some of the challenges that China is facing in its encounter with factory farming.
May 9, 2009
Mia MacDonald has a blog on attending the Nobel Women's Initiative Conference in Guatemala, May 10–14. Click here
to read it.
May 5, 2009
The latest issue of the "Backgrounder" policy newsletter series published by the Institute for Food and Democracy (Food First)
is an excerpt from Brighter Green's Skillful Means: the Challenges of China's Encounter with Factory Farming.
to read or download the Backgrounder, "China and Industrial Animal Agriculture: Prospects and Defects."
May 3, 2009
Executive Director Mia MacDonald spoke at the May 2, 2009 Brooklyn (NY) Food Conference
as part of a workshop panel, "Climate Change and the World's Food Supply." Her presentation is available as a PDF.
April 23, 2009
Author, activist, Nobel Prize laureate and Brighter Green colleague Wangari Maathai's latest book, The Challenge for Africa
, was recently released by Pantheon. Maathai offers a compelling analysis of the problems facing Africa and the promises of the continent's future. For an interview with Maathai about "Challenge" from NPR's "Talk of the Nation" on April 23, 2009 click here
. More about "Challenge" and Maathai's recent U.S. book tour are available on the Green Belt Movement
April 13, 2009
"Taking Root: the Vision of Wangari Maathai,"
a documentary film by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater about Nobel peace laureate and Green Belt Movement founder Maathai's life and work will be broadcast on most PBS stations April 14, 2009.
April 3, 2009
Welcome to Brighter Green's spring '09 newsletter and thank you for your interest in our work. Here's what we've been up to, and what we're planning.
April 2, 2009
The six person delegation of pastoral community activists and one radio reporter who travelled to Basecamp Maasai Mara
in southern Kenya to exchange experiences has reported back. "It was very enlightening and beneficial to the participants," writes Daniel Salau of SIMOO
. "We hope this will be the beginning of long-term partnership." The delegation's report offers details of what this peer-to-peer learning visit entailed, and what sustainable development looks like on the ground.
March 22, 2009
As a result of disseminating Skillful Means: the Challenges of China's Encounter with Factory Farming more widely within China, Brighter Green has gathered some interesting perspectives on how the links between climate change and animal agriculture are being framed by the Chinese government and interpreted by China's people.
March 15, 2009
To mark the Chinese Year of the Ox (or Cow), Brighter Green undertook a broader dissemination of its policy paper, Skillful Means: the Challenges of China's Encounter with Factory Farming to Chinese media, bloggers, academics and activists.
February 5, 2009
Brighter Green's initiative, piloted with partners in the U.S., Kenya, and Tanzania, launches this week, with the participation of 10 girls from Maasai communities. "All the girls have now secured places in schools and look forward to start classes in the next one week."
February 5, 2009
Brighter Green colleagues from Maasai (pastoral) organizations in Kenya are set to embark on a study tour. A six-person, gender-balanced delegation will travel February 10-12 to eco-lodge Basecamp Explorer Masai Mara
in southern Kenya to exchange experiences and learning.
February 2, 2009
An interview with Mia MacDonald by Brighter Green colleague, Anna Lappe, about China and the rapid rise in and dairy production is now up on Take a Bite Out of Climate Change
. That's Anna's savory, savvy site that charts the intersection of food and global warming. She asked some great, and tough, questions. Read the full interview here
, and Brighter Green's China paper (in English or Chinese), below.
December 5, 2008
Brighter Green's policy paper, Skillful Means: the Challenges of China's Encounter with Factory Farming,
is now available in a Chinese translation, as 中国农业工厂化所遭遇的挑战. Read the press release describing the report in Chinese here
, and the full report here
November 10, 2008
A new issue of Environmental News - Indigenous Peoples' Perspectives is just off the press from the Indigenous Information Network, with support from Brighter Green
October 20, 2008
by Mia MacDonald on the challenges posed by China's rapid adoption of industrial-style animal agriculture appeared in the Institute's environmental news portal, "Eye on Earth." The piece also appeared on the Environmental News Network.
October 13, 2008
Welcome to Brighter Green's fall newsletter and thank you for your interest in our work. Here is what we've been up to.
August 19, 2008
The challenges for China's people, and environment, extend beyond the Olympics, and are encapsulated in Brighter Green's new report
(PDF). For a summary in Chinese, click here
May 20, 2008
Executive Director Mia MacDonald gave two talks in Portland earlier this month on the links between the globalization of industrial meat production and the global environment, public health and food security.
May 10, 2008
to listen to a podcast of an interview with Mia MacDonald on KINK radio in Portland.
April 13, 2008
by Gene Baur was number 12 on the Los Angeles Times'
hardcover bestseller list for the week ending March 30, 2008.
April 9, 2008
Executive Director Mia MacDonald gave a presentation on Monday, April 7, at the University of Chicago
entitled: "Meat World?: Current and Future Scenarios."
February 15, 2008
Mia MacDonald, Brighter Green's Executive Director, has been elected to the Executive Committee of the New York City Group
of the national environmental organization, the Sierra Club
January 17, 2008
Brighter Green has gathered reports, media articles, policy papers and other materials on factory farming and its impacts on the world's environment, public health, animals, poverty and food security. Click here
to visit the Resources section.
November 6, 2007
Executive Director Mia MacDonald spoke about the globalization of industrial meat production on Saturday, November 3rd at an all-day conference co-sponsored by EarthSave Chicago
and the University of Chicago's Vegan Society.
September 1, 2007
Mia MacDonald of Brighter Green and Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary describe their vision for food, farming and agriculture as the 2007 U.S. Farm Bill is debated.
July 30, 2007
Brighter Green and Farm Sanctuary's white paper on the farm bill was the subject of an article in Connecticut's Record-Journal.
July 23, 2007
Coverage by Web-based news and information sources.
June 28, 2007
Brighter Green and Farm Sanctuary's 2007 farm bill white paper leads agribusiness publication news.
June 27, 2007
, "America's beef business source," features environmental and animal welfare recommendations.
June 27, 2007
Collaborative analysis published: The 2007 Farm Bill: A New Vision for U.S. Agriculture, Food Production and Healthy Eating