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The Field Report: Congress Grills Beef Industry Leaders Over Consolidation

By Lisa Held

This week, lawmakers in both chambers of Congress turned their attention to how consolidation and unfair practices within cattle markets are hurting America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. During two hearings that spanned more than eight hours combined, they questioned ranchers, economists, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials, and the CEOs of the four companies that control most of the U.S. beef industry.


How the Largest Global Meat and Dairy Companies Evade Climate Scrutiny

By Anna Lappe

Last fall, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) took out a full-page ad in The New York Times declaring that the U.S. “produces the most sustainable beef in the world” and that “cattle play an important role in protecting and enhancing our ecosystems.” Why was the nation’s beef trade group spending some of its $66.5 million budget to promote this climate-forward message? Because the conversation about the climate crisis has been heating up (pun intended) and policy makers increasingly connect food production, particularly meat and dairy, with the crisis—and rightfully so.


How the beef industry is trying to change the maths of climate change

By Zach Boren Photo: Oxford Martin School

Fresh off the heels of a major methane ‘win’ at the Glasgow climate summit, the American beef lobby is leading a global effort to change how the climate impact of the powerful greenhouse gas is measured.


Smarter choices at the dinner table can go a long way to help the Amazon

By Richard Schiffman Photo: Andre Penner/AP

‘We are going to be eating the rainforest in our burgers. This is our moment as Americans to step forward and leverage some pressure to save the world,’ one scientist said.


US beef industry emerges from Biden’s climate pledges ‘relatively unscathed’

By Matt Krupnick Photo: Larry Mayer , Getty Images

The US beef industry has escaped “relatively unscathed” from Joe Biden’s attempts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, according to leaders at the industry’s recent CattleCon convention.


Satellite images show the Amazon is hurtling toward a ‘tipping point’

By Sarah Kaplan Photo: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg New

More than half of the rainforest could turn into savanna — threatening wildlife, shifting weather patterns and fueling climate change


Opinion | Let’s launch a moonshot for meatless meat

By Peter Prato Photo: Peter Prato for The New York Times

I’m a vegan, but I’m also a realist. There’s no chance humanity is going to give up meat, en masse, anytime soon. That said, we can’t just wish away the risks of industrial animal agriculture. If we don’t end this system, soon, terrible things will happen to us and to the planet. Terrible things are already happening.


Carbon farming: reducing methane emissions from cattle using feed additives

Feed additives or supplements can reduce methane emissions from ruminant livestock.Livestock produce significant amounts of methane as part of their normal digestive processes. Some feed additives can inhibit the microorganisms that produce methane in the rumen and subsequently reduce methane emissions.


Giant Meat and Dairy Companies Are Dominating the Plant-Based and Cellular Meat Market

By Philip H. Howard

Nearly every week a major media outlet publishes a headline announcing that a giant meat or dairy processor has acquired full or partial ownership of an “alternative protein” firm—such as JBS buying the Dutch firm Vivera, which competes with Beyond Meat in the European market, earlier this year. These new companies are making plant-based meat, dairy, or fish substitutes, working to commercialize lab-grown meat, and incorporating insects into foods like pasta and energy bars.


Meat accounts for nearly 60% of all greenhouse gases from food production, study finds

By Oliver Milman Photo: Jim West/Alamy Stock Photo

The global production of food is responsible for a third of all planet-heating gases emitted by human activity, with the use of animals for meat causing twice the pollution of producing plant-based foods, a major new study has found.