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

What a meatless future could mean for farmers

A plant-based food system would be a win for animals and the environment. How workers would fare is less clear.

Jane Goodall reveals what studying chimpanzees teaches us about human nature

The renowned primatologist wants us to remember that humans aren’t so exceptional — we’re animals, too.

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

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

Where’s the “Impossible Burger” of cheese?

The wild frontier of animal welfare

Should humans care whether creatures live good lives, even in the forests or jungles? A group of philosophers and scientists has an unorthodox answer.

A no-beef diet is great — but only if you don’t replace it with chicken

Some animals are more equal than others

Biden’s fake burger ban and the rising culture war over meat

The very cute, totally disturbing tale of the American “it” dog

How the quest to own the tiniest, most Instagram-worthy and low-maintenance pup has bred a world of problems.

Are our pets gobbling up the planet?

Why do we care how smart animals are?

How one company and way too many pigs destroyed America’s heartland

Iowa’s largest hog producer courted power and turned farming into a numbers game. Businesses like it are increasingly the norm.

The state of the plant-based food industry

It’s not just Big Oil. Big Meat also spends millions to crush good climate policy.

A French city announced it would serve meatless school lunches. The backlash was swift.

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Why the US egg industry is still killing 300 million chicks a year

Hatcheries promised to stop killing male chicks by 2020. What’s taking so long?

My husband, the carnivore

The biggest animal welfare success of the past 6 years, in one chart 

The wisdom of cats

The next frontier for animal welfare: Fish

How Biden can rein in the Big Meat monopoly

How chickens took over America’s dinner plates, in one chart

Why scientists are cloning black-footed ferrets

The way we eat could lead to habitat loss for 17,000 species by 2050

Impossible Foods’ plant-based meat just got closer to the price of regular meat

Beyond Meat and Pepsi are teaming up to make plant-based snacks and drinks

Biden’s latest executive action is a win for chickens and meatpacking workers

Meatless meat is going mainstream. Now Big Food wants in.

These are the charities where your money will do the most good

Singapore is the first country in the world to approve lab-grown chicken products

Why we need policies to reduce meat consumption now

3 core myths about eating animals — and why food tech may vanquish them

Beef is bad for the planet. Can we make it better?

Lobbyists tried to ban labeling veggie burgers “veggie burgers.” The EU said no.

Factory farms are an ideal breeding ground for the next pandemic

How factory farms are making the antibiotics we use less effective against disease

Growing chicken is big business. So why are many farmers forced into debt they can’t pay off?

Farms have bred chickens so large that they’re in constant pain