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Cattle on a feedlot

While seaweed can reduce methane production by farmed cattle, it cannot offer a feasible climate alternative to reducing animal farming.

Brazilian protestors from Movimento Sem Terra occupy a farm in Guaratinga.

Political ecology, with its interdisciplinary roots and emphasis on power dynamics, offers valuable insights and perspectives for advocates fighting industrial animal agriculture.

A dead fish floats in a lake experiencing overgrowth of algae due to nutrient pollution

Shifting the legal paradigm to recognize nature's rights can support food system reform for the common good.

A tractor sprays pesticides on young soybean plants in a large field

Industrial animal agriculture relies heavily on pesticide-intensive field crops, making animal exploitation a surprising cause of much US pesticide consumption.

A writer comparing data sources

Faunalytics' content director karol orzechowski discusses the importance of basing farmed animal advocacy on sound data.

Flags of many nations hang outside of a UN headquarters building.

International climate change gatherings have begun to acknowledge the climate impact of animal farming. Will recent recognition translate to action?

A farm field grows multicolored rows of food crops and flowers.

In this guest post, Farm Action examines a great contradiction at the heart of US food and agriculture policy.

Salmon caught in a net on a fish farm

Growing demand for farmed salmon in wealthy nations of the Global North is placing a strain on wild fish populations and local food systems of the Global South.

Dairy cow being milked by an automated milking machine

Digital tools can gather and interpret data that may enhance farmed animal well-being and productivity. Are such tools beneficial or harmful to the interests of farmed animals?

Man stroking cow in a green field

Regenerative agriculture offers a transformative future vision for the US food system. Can regenerative approaches succeed without centering domesticated farmed animals?

Three people walk and talk together in an office building

We share our learnings and reflections from the first two years of integrating trust-based practices into our food system philanthropy.

Food processing workers sorting food on a conveyor belt

The systemic focus of food justice advocacy aligns well with the goals of food system transformation.

Black soldier fly on a leaf

Farming black soldier flies as a global food waste cure diverts attention from systemic food system transformation.

A corner convenience store in Baltimore Maryland

Food access challenges intersect with many other social, economic, and environmental concerns in the food system.

Farmer smiling with harvested vegetables

Not all alternative models of agriculture offer equivalent benefits for all food system stakeholders and interests.

A manure lagoon on an industrial animal farm

Factory farm biogas further entrenches industrial animal agriculture and fossil fuel dependence.

Two farmers standing with their child

LGBTQ+ farmers in the US are an underrepresented voice in the movement for food systems transformation.

A tractor sprays pesticides on a field of soybeans at sunset

Intensive agriculture in the US damages the environment, wastes natural resources, drives climate change, and harms both animals and humans.

A five dollar bill sits inside a husk of corn in a ripe corn field

Agricultural subsidies play a significant role in defining the environmental, social, and animal welfare norms of the US food system.

A woman shops for food in a supermarket

Confronting structural racism in the food system means looking beyond "food deserts" and recognizing the systemic roots of food access disparities.

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To cultivate dignity, justice, and sustainability in the food system, Stray Dog Institute provides nonprofit allies with funding, strategic research, and opportunities for collaboration. Together, we hope to build a more compassionate world for people, animals, and the environment.

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