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Media Blackout on GMOs

Roxanne Darrow | August 6, 2015

Why does mainstream media refuse to cover the genetically modified organism (GMO) issue in a balanced way? Last Wednesday, at the Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights, a panel of two journalists, an author, and a scientist spoke to a packed room about the media’s biased coverage of GMOs. “Scientists and other scholars are […]

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Idaho’s Anti-Whistleblower Ag Gag Law Ruled Unconstitutional

Amanda Hitt | August 4, 2015

This piece was originally published in the Huffington Post. An Idaho court found that agricultural whistleblowing is not a crime. Consumers who want to know the truth about the food system won a big victory this week against the culture of silence thanks to U.S. Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill, who struck down Idaho’s anti-whistleblower […]

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70,000 Petitioners Demand Protections for Truth-telling Contract Poultry Farmers

Food Integrity Campaign | August 3, 2015

(WASHINGTON) – Perdue contract farmer Rudy Howell has collected more than 70,000 petition signatures urging Congress to ensure protections for poultry farmers who face reprisal for speaking out. The Food Integrity Campaign (FIC, a program of the Government Accountability Project) is backing Howell’s petition, which stems from industry-wide reports of retaliation against contract farmers who […]

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Another Contract Farmer Speaks Out Against Big Chicken

Food Integrity Campaign | July 27, 2015

In an atmosphere of intimidation and fear of retaliation, it takes a lot to speak out against powerful chicken corporations. But Perdue contract farmer Rudy Howell is taking a chance and bravely speaking about the lies that Perdue told him and about the harsh reality that chicken farmers face just trying to make ends meet. […]

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Supporting Food Truth-Tellers at Green Fest

Food Integrity Campaign | June 8, 2015

Over the weekend, the Food Integrity Campaign team attended Washington D.C.’s Green Festival – the longest-running sustainability and green living event. It was great to see so many people who care about transparency in the food system! We spoke with hundreds of individuals about issues across the food spectrum – from Ag Gag laws to […]

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Chickens

May 17, 2015

FIC client and whistleblower Craig Watts is featured in this segment on the plight of contract poultry farmers.

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Ag Gag Bills Dying Off in Early 2015

Food Integrity Campaign | April 7, 2015

Ag Gag laws that aim to criminalize truth-tellers at factory farms have been introduced in various states, but opposition is strong. The Food Integrity Campaign is happy to share some good news: measures in Arkansas and Kentucky have both failed, and New Mexico’s legislature allowed its Ag Gag bill to languish, leaving it “almost certainly […]

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Let the Sunshine In: Advocating for Food System Transparency

Food Integrity Campaign | March 19, 2015

It’s Sunshine Week – the time of year when our fellow watchdog groups come together to champion the cause of transparency. The Food Integrity Campaign advocates for a transparent food system year-round, but this week is a good reminder to the powers that be of the work still left to do. Particularly in the food system, […]

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PBS Food: Dirty Birds – A Story of Chickens in America

March 5, 2015

FIC client Craig Watts shares his story as a Perdue contract farmer and whistleblower in this segment of PBS Food’s “Original Fare.”

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Blowing the Whistle on Big Chicken: The Inside Story (VIDEO)

Food Integrity Campaign | February 27, 2015

Fusion Network recently aired an illuminating one-hour investigative segment on our client, Craig Watts, and his experience blowing the whistle on top poultry producer Perdue. What started out as a story about Perdue’s deceptive labeling and animal welfare concerns became much more. Craig’s story unveils the struggles that many contract farmers like him face and […]

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