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As the climate crisis rocks the world, and ethnic tension, population displacement, and war continue unabated, some of the finest minds in the world are meeting this week in Des Moines, Iowa at the World Food Prize to discuss “Pax Agricultura: Peace...

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Every year, the Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium brings together over 1,200 people from more than 65 countries to address global food security, among other issues, and announce the winner of the annual World Food Prize. The award, which has been described as the Nobel Prize of Food and Agriculture,” bestows $250,000 on scientists, NGO leaders, and politicians who “have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world.” Many of these leaders are taking their cues from Borlaug, the Nobel Prize winning “Father of the Green Revolution.” Now, it’s time for a pivot....

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In the past decade, animal welfare advocates, ranchers, and a public increasingly seeking transparency in the food system have swung the barn doors wide open on animal agriculture

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To date, 12 states have banned one or all forms of extreme confinement of animals, and a number of others are currently debating similar laws. At the same time, “ag-gag” laws—those which seek to silence whistleblowers’ efforts to document farm animal abuse—have become increasingly common, although some are being overruled as unconstitutional and in violation of the First Amendment. Alongside all this legislative activity, the public is starting to connect the dots between animal agriculture and corporate consolidation, climate change, and human health—although in recent weeks a new study on how much red meat is safe to eat—and subsequent criticisms...

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