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.


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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