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The Future of Meat

Future Perfect’s coverage of factory farming, animal welfare, and how the way we eat affects our lives and our planet.

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How Germany is kicking its meat habit

Costco’s inflation-proof $4.99 rotisserie chicken, explained

Picking apart what the retail giant’s poultry staple says about the present and future of factory farming.

When is an animal — or even an AI — a person?

New York’s highest court ruled Happy the elephant isn’t a legal person. Here’s what that says about us.

Now is the best time in human history to be alive (unless you’re a farm animal)

Meat has a big carbon footprint. The Inflation Reduction Act ignores it.

How to eat less meat: A practical guide

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What can a bee feel?

How Gordon Ramsay’s lamb slaughter joke explains our confusing relationship with meat

Black-footed ferrets!

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The environmental limits of eating local

The plant-based future of food doesn’t always taste that great

The horrific bird flu that’s wiped out 36 million chickens and turkeys, explained

The difference you make when you eat less meat

How Black North Carolinians pay the price for the world’s cheap bacon

Gene editing could upend the future of factory farming — for better or worse

Most animal cruelty is legal on the farm. A judge is questioning that.

The corporate raider taking aim at McDonald’s over the treatment of pigs

The future looked like it could be meat-free. Then the pandemic hit.

New York Mayor Eric Adams is an imperfect vegan. And that’s okay.

This is how much meat and dairy hurt the climate

8 tips to help you keep eating less meat in 2022

Billions of animals are slaughtered every year — just to be wasted

Big Food is ready to sell you more plant-based meat

The biggest fast food rollout of meatless fried chicken is happening in January


Hog farming has a massive poop problem

22 predictions we made in 2021, and the 13 we got right

The “humanewashing” of America’s meat and dairy, explained

Want to help animals? Here’s where to donate your money.

Want to donate to charity? Here are 10 guidelines for giving effectively.

Why the future of animal welfare lies beyond the West

Yes, plant-based meat is better for the planet


The chicken industry’s worker safety problem

Is it okay to harvest pig kidneys to save human lives?


Why 4 companies control the beef industry

The worst horrors of factory farming could soon be phased out in Europe

The fight over cage-free eggs and bacon in California, explained

What a meatless future could mean for farmers

Jane Goodall reveals what studying chimpanzees teaches us about human nature

It’s hard to make chickenless chicken delicious. Has Beyond Meat cracked the code?

The biggest problem with eating insects isn’t the “ew” factor

How stressed out are factory-farmed animals? AI might have the answer.

Where’s the “Impossible Burger” of cheese?