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The Future of Meat

Future Perfect’s coverage of factory farming, animal welfare, and how the way we eat affects our lives and our planet.

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The biggest animal welfare crisis you’ve never heard of

Why egg prices keep going up while inflation is going down

Bird flu is driving up egg and turkey prices — and killing millions of animals. Why won’t we vaccinate against it?

The bitter civil war dividing American veterinarians

To fight the cruel meat industry, veterinarians have to fight their own profession.

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How will we feed Earth’s rising population? Ask the Dutch.

The Netherlands’ hyper-efficient food system is both a triumph and a cautionary tale.

The fight against factory farming is winning criminal trials

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The very cute, totally disturbing tale of the American “it” dog

How the quest to own the nation’s most popular, most Instagram-worthy pup has bred a world of problems.

Pescetarians are responsible for many more animal deaths than regular meat eaters

How to eat less meat: A practical guide

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How a shipping error 100 years ago launched the $30 billion chicken industry

Eggs are expensive for all the wrong reasons

Big Meat just can’t quit antibiotics

The first lab-grown seafood will be fancy

Want to help animals? Here’s where to donate your money.

Want to donate to charity? Here are 10 guidelines for giving effectively.

Sen. Cory Booker has a plan to stop taxpayer bailouts of Big Meat 

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The midterm culture war over plant-based meat

FDA approval puts lab-grown meat one step closer to your dinner plate

What is an animal’s life worth?

We tasted Beyond Meat’s new plant-based steak tips. Here’s how they measure up to the real thing.

Inside the fantastical, pragmatic quest to make “hybrid” meat

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Carolina Galvani wants to make factory farming in the Global South more humane

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We didn’t know fish feel pain. Then the zoologist Lynne Sneddon came along.

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The future of meat requires new intellectual infrastructure. That’s what Isha Datar is building.

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Olga Kikou has helped make Europe the leading edge of an animal welfare revolution

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Ryan Xue is cultivating a better meat industry in China

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Liz Specht is shaping the next generation of meat alternatives

Now is the best time in human history to be alive (unless you’re an animal)

The Supreme Court is about to decide the fate of millions of pigs

Meat has a big carbon footprint. The Inflation Reduction Act ignores it.

What can a bee feel?

How Gordon Ramsay’s lamb slaughter joke explains our confusing relationship with meat

How Germany is kicking its meat habit

Costco’s inflation-proof $4.99 rotisserie chicken, explained

When is an animal — or even an AI — a person?

The environmental limits of eating local

The plant-based future of food doesn’t always taste that great

The horrific bird flu that’s wiped out 36 million chickens and turkeys, explained

The difference you make when you eat less meat

How Black North Carolinians pay the price for the world’s cheap bacon

Gene editing could upend the future of factory farming — for better or worse

Most animal cruelty is legal on the farm. A judge is questioning that.