News digest 15.9.15

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Your Help Is Needed Again. Stop Foston Pig ‘Prison’!
Sign the letter to the Planning Inspectorate urging it to reject the appeal against the turned down planning proposal. The deadline is 29 September!

Food Fight 2015: Taking Down The Degenerators
If governments won’t solve the climate, hunger, health, and democracy crisis, then the people will… Regenerative agriculture provides answers to the soil crisis, the food crisis, the health crisis, the climate crisis and the crisis of democracy.

People Are Worried About Animals. And McDonald’s Knows It.
Cruel battery cages lost a huge seal of approval today, as global fast-food company McDonald’s makes the decision to go cage-free. As part of a decade-long transition, McDonald’s will gradually source all its eggs from chickens who aren’t stuck in battery cages, it announced Wednesday.

Bon Appétit to Big Ag pork producers: Open your barn doors
Log one for the food movement: On Aug. 3, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court in Idaho struck down the state’s so-called “ag-gag” law, which criminalized undercover investigations of farming operations, saying it was unconstitutional because it violated First Amendment protections for free speech.

The HSUS Urges Consumers to See Through Front Groups, Corporate Attacks on the Public Interest
Smear Campaign Against Chipotle Undoubtedly Financed by Factory Farming Interests.

No clones please, we’re European
The EU Parliament voted last week to ban the cloning of animals. Furthermore, imports of descendents of cloned animals, and all clone-derived products have been banned from the European market. This decision stands the EU apart from many other countries: farmers in the United States, South America and China commonly use cloning as part of farm breeding programmes.

Antibiotics, Obesity and You
We need a two-pronged approach to this problem. First, we need to encourage our govern-ment representatives to promote legislation that removes antibiotics from our food supply. Second, we need greater funding focused on human microbiome research to understand the role gut bacteria play in health and disease.