Farms, lies and videotape

Yesterday I featured an infographic produced by The Ration, a News21 food reporting project from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. I thought today I’d feature a more in-depth piece from The Ration. The video below examines the practice of obtaining employment at a factory farm for the purpose of documenting animal handling practices. Such efforts have resulted in YouTube videos and mainstream media coverage of inhumane conditions and practices. As a result, there have been efforts in several states to outlaw unauthorized capturing of farm images on behalf of large-scale agribusiness. I’ve been following these “ag-gag” legislative efforts, which originated in Iowa, thanks to Harvest Public Media; the 2011 proposal in Iowa to ban secret farm images failed, but despite protests a new Iowa law recently made it “a misdemeanor to lie on an application for a farm job with the intent of harming the business. It’s punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $1,500 dollars.”

The video below, produced by Vanessa Carr and Carl Nasman, provides both detail and context for this important story.

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One comment

  1. zazzman

    I’m glad they are working so hard to prevent people from profitting off video recording these horrible conditions. I would not want to be a victim of someone abusing the system for their own gains. BTW, that’s sarcasm.

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