Monthly Archives: June 2010

Happy Re-birthday 猪坚强

Last week at the Jianchuan Museum outside of Chengdu, 猪坚强 (the hero pig of China) celebrated her second “re-birth” day, exactly two years after she emerged from the rubble of the Wenchuan earthquake.  She was reunited with her owners, pigged … Continue reading

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peasants, pigs, and agribusiness…some recent articles

(1) Thank you Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, for this brilliantly straight-forward article about private investment in agriculture and destruction of the “global peasantry”. It is regrettable that, instead of rising to the challenge … Continue reading

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Foxes in the Henhouse: Agribusiness Execs and the EPA

The EPA just announced new members of its Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC). Dennis Treacy, the Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer at Smithfield Foods is among the appointees.  The FRRCC is an independent … Continue reading

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Livestock and Environment, Apples and Oranges, Rich and Poor

Debates surrounding the role of livestock production and environmental degradation got a shot in the arm yesterday with the release of a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).  Through their International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, the … Continue reading

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