“At Any Price,” opened April 24 in limited release. The film follows multi-generation farmer Henry Whipple (Dennis Quaid) struggling to stay afloat in a competitive world. As he faces ruinous consequences from dubious business practices, he reaches out to his son Dean (Zac Efron), who would rather race cars than work on the family’s farm. With both of their lives crumbling around them, Henry and Dean are pushed to a decisive moment, as the future of their family desperately hangs in the balance.
Posted: 04/24/2013  Read Article
“A Place at the Table,” a documentary movie that debuted this month, as well as an accompanying book published in February, takes a look at hunger in the United States, investigating both specific incidences of hunger experienced by Americans and proposed solutions to the problem.
50 million people, including one in four children, go hungry in the U.S. every day, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all. The documentary examines the issue through the eyes of three people struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her, resulting in her having difficulty concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.
Posted: 03/06/2013  Read Article
In early February, ABC News posted an investigative report on so-called "Ag-Gag" legislation, farm protection bills aimed at stopping undercover reporting at farms and ranches.
It is important that the animal agriculture community talks openly and honestly about animal care. We encourage you to discuss the ethical and scientifically-verified practices you use on your farm each and every day to ensure excellent animal care and food safety.
Posted: 02/15/2013  Read Article
On Nov. 27, Consumer Reports released an article announcing the results of two tests on pork products. The first test found pork chops and ground pork contaminated with yersinia enterocolitica bacteria. The second test found traces of the drug ractopamine in pork products.
Posted: 11/27/2012  Read Article
On November 14, 2012, Mercy for Animals released an undercover video taken at a turkey facility. Video is one of the most powerful tools used by animal rights groups. Combined with the credibility that a national news outlet holds, this story is likely to evoke strong emotions and response by viewers. Also, consumer print outlets are likely to do follow up stories, bringing the issue front and center to millions of consumers across the U.S. A week before the Thanksgiving holiday, this video is particularly timely, with many consumers planning to purchase their family’s turkey soon.
Posted: 11/14/2012  Read Article
While CFI does not advocate for the same positions as CSPI, their promotion of the Food Day platform does offer an opportunity for those involved with today’s food system to actively participate in the conversation about how food is produced.
Posted: 10/01/2012  Read Article