"Farms, Lies and Videotape: Who gets to tell the story of America’s largest livestock farms?" is a report by the Ration about undercover videos by Humane Society employees and the ways the ag industry is trying to prevent them.

Especially good: At 4:40, when Iowa state Sen. Tom Rielly argues against the making of such videos because HSUS/the videographers are “going out and making all kinds of money attacking the industry that they don’t agree with.” This is definitely the most nonsensical “reasoning” I’ve heard yet. Yes, state Senator Rielly, what HSUS and (the very good-looking although that isn’t germane shut up) Cody Carlson are doing is financially profiting from egg producers’ systemic abuse of chickens. Is being a genius difficult?


Read this: the Ration is great food writing  »

Shocking revelation: your Vegansaurus is a media omnivore. It’s that pesky reading addiction; our eyes are probably ruined from all the reading we do, in print and online. The newest best thing to read on the internet is the Ration, “a project on food and health by the UC Berkeley along with students from University of Missouri, Harvard University and City University, London.” No, Michael “shut up” Pollan doesn’t seem to be involved with it, which is great, because man has that guy earned his nickname.

The Ration has only been up since last week, but its archives already look bountiful. They’ve got a story on prescription produce that’s informative without being (too) preachy, one on the health and well being of agricultural workers, one on a new aspect of the food industry’s stupidity, and an article on meat glue that is fascinatingly gross/grossly fascinating. The infographics are beautiful, like these interactive ones on the sources of calories in the U.S. and the changing nutritional density of our produce. Its videos are also quite compelling.

The Ration is gorgeous and interesting and I hope it fulfills its enormous potential. What we need more of is intelligent reporting on food.

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