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“I’ve never had the type of relationship with readers that I’m having right now," said veteran reporter Lisa Krieger in her recent webinar on vaccines.
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California's landscape is dotted with huge cattle, dairy and poultry farms from the northern part of the Central Valley all the way to the border areas of San Diego County. Less obvious are the health impacts of such large-scale farms on low-income and communities of color.

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Could there be anything worse for the chicken industry than this month's outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that hospitalized 42 percent of everyone who got it -- almost 300 in 18 states? Yes.

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Federal meat inspection stands to get even more lax. And it has nothing to do with the government shutdown.

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More than $30,000 will be spent on a water testing project planned to begin late this summer in the Smith River floodplain, the “Easter Lily Capital of World” and home to more than 1,100 residents.

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You know things are bad in the pork industry when the whistleblowers aren't animal rights activists but the government itself. In May, the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of the Inspector General exposed extreme sanitation and humane violations in 30 swine slaughterhouses it visited.

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Reporting on genetically modified organisms bills in your state? Here's some helpful tips for following the money trail of political donations.

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 Was that glass of milk you drank this morning safe? Government reports show that high levels of antibiotics and other drugs are common in dairy animals and their products. Worse, milk producers resist further testing lest their products be found unsafe.

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California's agricultural industry is tops in the nation and pesticides play a vital role in keeping it healthy. They also play a vital role in the lives of farm workers...a poisonous one.

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"Animal Pharma," the animal-drug divisions within drug companies, tends to operate under the public's radar.

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