The Texting Dairy Cow

The latest advancement in animal agriculture: offering cows the ability to send text messages to farmers when they are, uh, feeling amorous. A newly developed sensor-activated device, being used by some Swiss dairy producers, is implanted into the… Read More

Could Lab-Grown Leather Mean a Decline in Dairy?

Dairy and leather go hand-in-hand. In addition to consumer demand for dairy products, leather demand provides an often overlooked financial incentive to breed ever larger herds. Indeed, without the support of the leather industry, dairy industry profits would… Read More

U.S. Drought: Time to Rethink the Global Food System

The U.S. farm belt is broiling. Lack of rain and high temperatures have put the huge annual harvests of corn and soybeans at risk. And because the United States is the world’s largest producer of these two staple… Read More

Pyeongchang 2018: What’s on the Menu?

In the eastern province of Gangwon-do in South Korea, preparations are underway for the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held in Pyeongchang-gun. Infrastructure upgrades including highway expansions and a new subway rail line are all in the… Read More

Olympics “No Meat” Athletes and China’s Food Safety

The 2012 London Olympic Games staged a spectacular farewell to the world on August 12. Looking back, amongst all the medal winners, it’s not difficult to spot two vegetarians. One is Lizzie Armitstead who chose to give up… Read More

Chickpeas: The Future of Farming?

After spending much time reading and researching the intensification of factory farming as part of my work with Brighter Green, it is refreshing and heartening to see articles about growth in more sustainable areas of agriculture. A recent… Read More

China’s Loss of the Traditional Dairy Farmer

With China’s growing wealth and demand for western diets, the Chinese government is posed to dramatically increase agricultural production, with goals of becoming more agriculturally self-sufficient. A laudable aim- but it’s questionable if their strategy is undermining the… Read More

Increasing Poultry Consumption Spawning Trade Connections between Africa and India

Despite my research on emerging nations India, China, Ethiopia, and Brazil as part of Brighter Green’s Food Policy and Equity Program, it’s not often that I think about their trade connections. I usually view meat and dairy intensification… Read More

“Meat Week” Brings Agriculture to the Forefront

This week is “Meat Week” on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition program. They have a short interview each day that focuses on some aspect of meat (from analyzing the paleo diet to looking at the environmental effects of… Read More

The Judges Have Chosen a Winner: Eat Ethically (If You Can.)

The New York Times’ ethicist, Ariel Kaminer, has announced the results of her Ethical Meat-Eating Contest. Turns out eating meat is ethical when it’s ethical (More about the winner below). Fortunately, Ms. Kaminer addressed some of the criticism… Read More