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Ninety-seven percent of the chicken we eat is produced by a farmer under contract with a big chicken company. In 2015, people consumed 112,000,000 metric tons of chicken globally. That’s an unfathomable quantity. So here’s one way to visualize it: That amounts the weight of two-thirds of all the cars on the road today in the United States—in chickens.  

Big Chicken Companies Own and Control Everything Except the Farm: Why?




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Check out the trailer for the film "Arc of Justice," a new documentary that traces the remarkable story of the nation's first community land trust, New Communities, and tells a deeply inspiring story of racial justice, community organizing, and perseverance in the face of enormous obstacles.

Shirley Sherrod Presents “Arc of Justice” Film at RAFI


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For the sixth time, members of Congress in the Ag Appropriations Committee have blocked implementation of regulations to protect farmers through a backdoor measure. But this time, their infamous “GIPSA rider” barely passed in this House committee, as several long-time supporters voted against it. The staff at RAFI, our partners, and thousands of chicken and livestock farmers across the country will work together to get it out of the federal budget for 2017 before it becomes law in October of this year.

VIDEO: U.S. House Passes Anti-Farmer Amendment to 2017 Budget




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The good news is that have more tools at our disposal for tackling climate change than we often realize. In agriculture, farmers can develop and implement practices that sequester carbon, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and employ low-input methods. These and other innovative, time-tested approaches can contribute to solving the conundrum of climate change, as well as promoting sustainable livelihoods for farm families.

Earth Day: 5 Ways to Grow Our Way to a Better Future


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In a recent House committee meeting, Representative Harris (R-MD) justified a measure that would de-fund USDA’s protection of poultry farmers by citing a few strikingly odd facts: “chicken growers vote with what they decide to do” he said, “there’s a waiting list of 2000.” He also claimed that 94% of growers re-sign their contracts every year, and that thus 94% of growers must be happy. Interesting logic!

RAFI Responds to National Chicken Council Study