Archives of Platform for Real Food

The movement to phase out factory farming

In the previous sections, we covered why factory farming is bad for people, animals and the planet, and laid out facts about the systems and structures that are propping up this harmful system. Luckily, there’s a movement of people that are working towards mitigating the harms of factory farming and phasing out the system and […]

Voting with your fork won’t stop factory farms – but here’s what might

We’ve all heard the rallying cry that eating less meat can mitigate the climate crisis. From Silicon Valley CEO’s to celebrity billionaires to New York Times columnists, the urban middle-class has embraced the idea that going vegan or vegetarian, and switching to farm-to-table shopping habits can reduce our harmful emissions. But the science is mixed: […]

Can we phase out factory farming and still feed everyone?

One of the biggest arguments corporations and decision makers use to avoid taking action to stop harmful industrial farming practices like factory farming is that industrial farming is the only way to grow food at a scale large enough to feed everyone. It’s true that world  hunger has been rising since 2015: 650 million people […]

How Giant Corporations Control the Narrative About Our Food Systems

In the fight for better food systems, we’re up against a massive corporate messaging machine. With trillions of dollars at their disposal, a handful of corporations aim to shape our most fundamental beliefs about food, while also marketing harmful products to our communities. Giant corporations spend a ton of resources to push narratives that uphold […]

The ‘Blue Economy’ and the plan to profit off our oceans

Owning a home is how you “make it” in the United States. In fact, our whole tax and credit system is set up to benefit homeowners. But it wasn’t always that way. Prior to colonization, people lived on and stewarded land in ways that sustained them and their families. Land in what is now the […]

The FTC is failing us, but here’s what we can do about it

Our food economies are dominated by a handful of corporations whose stated purpose is to generate profits for their shareholders — no matter the social, human and environmental cost. How did corporations such as Tyson, Aramark, Amazon or Monsanto amass enough power that a single boardroom decision they make can send ripples across the lives […]

Colonialism, Capital and Corporate Power : A brief economic history of the US

The United States is the world’s largest economy, yet millions of people in the country are excluded from benefiting from this rapid economic growth and prosperity. The wealth divide between working families and the 1% are at an all time high, and the racial wealth gap keeps Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities behind when it […]
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