Animals

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere: Microplastics in the Food System

Move over pesticides—there is a new interloper jeopardizing the health of food systems across the globe, and you are likely wearing it, sitting on it, or drinking from it right now.

We Don’t Want to Be Bigger, We Want Farmers With Values—Niman Ranch’s Jeff Tripician

At Niman Ranch, keeping the family farming tradition alive takes anything but stagnation: General Manager Jeff Tripician describes the farming network’s evolution to better support farming families, young farmers, and rural communities.

Future Family Farmers Help Communities Grow

Niman Ranch farmers Chris and Joan Scheer of Lowden, IA are revamping generations of farming tradition: switching to sustainable practices for the sake of future generations.

Unconventional Holidays Are In Store for Americans

Americans are turning away from conventionally raised turkeys, instead featuring sustainably raised turkeys or plant-based alternatives at the center of their Thanksgiving feasts.

Is the Future of Meat Slaughter-Free?

Dutch startup Mosa Meat secured US$8.8 million funding to mass-produce slaughter-free meat by 2021. The startup produced the world’s first hamburger in 2013 made by growing cow cells in a laboratory instead of slaughtering an animal.

Rethinking the Meat We Eat: An Excerpt from Nourish Planet

Meat is one of the largest social aggregators in society. From health to the environment to culture and religion, the role that meat should play in daily life is highly debated.

“Everybody Should Be a Farmer,” Says Paul Willis

On Food Talk, Paul Willis, founder of Niman Ranch Pork Company, and Elle Gadient, intern at Niman Ranch, talk about their love for humanely treated, free-range pigs and the farmers that raise them.

Can (and Should) Pasture-Raised Eggs Scale Up?

Vital Farms offers ethical and environmentally-conscious eggs to consumers at over 10,000 retail locations across the country. They support a growing number of small and medium-sized farms who follow high standards of care for the animals and the environment.

At Honey Fingers, Artists Become the Newest Food Activists

Artists are the new food activists at Honey Fingers, where they keep beekeeping alive through honeycomb installation art, poetry, and terroir bottled honey.

PRIME Act Passage Would Help Small Meat Producers Compete, Advocates Say

Many small farmers have to haul their livestock hours away to have them processed. Allowing the sale of meat from smaller, local slaughterhouses could help sustainable farms compete with huge corporations—but is it safe?