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Righteous Porkchop: Finding Good Food Beyond Factory Farms
Righteous Porkchop: Finding Good Food Beyond Factory Farms

AIR DATE: March 8, 2012

Nicolette Hahn Niman was an environmental lawyer when Bobby Kennedy, Jr. asked her to look into hog manure pollution.  Then Nicolette discovered the factory farm industry, and how big business abused hogs, poultry, and cows.  She also found farms that ran ethical, sustainable operations, and that view on food changed her life. 

Nicolette joins us to talk about America's reliance on factory farms, how to improve conditions for animals, and what we can do to move to a healthier, sustainable diet.

Nicolette Hahn Niman, rancher, environmental lawyer and author, Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms


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    In my case, I try to reduce my impact on the environment by living more simply and being more frugal. For that, I choose greener alternatives, I learn how to do things myself and apply the 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Restore' green rule. While living this way, I have found that it is also a good way to save some money. There are multiple reasons for living a simpler life and becoming a vegetarian or a vegan, or reducing your meat and animal products consumption: improve our health, lower our impact in the planet (land use, water and air pollution, generate less waste), animal rights... We consume too much, we work harder and harder to support our consumerist socity 'needs'... we have less time and less money to feed ourselves a healthy proper balanced diet. We need to live more simply, not simply live.
    ClaraDec 26, 2012 10:20:13 AM
    Check for some easy meatless recipes. I also recomend the book "Mad Cowboy" by Howard Lyman
    GreenStraightUp.comDec 26, 2012 10:32:57 AM
    Being vegetarian or vegan causes much less pollution and uses up much fewer water, agriculture, and energy resources. I am healthier too. And it's way better for the non-human animals!
    Roy RendahlDec 26, 2012 10:04:09 AM is a great source for free range beef and chicken, currently beef is purchased from bar10 beef buy and is offered once a month. Gilcrease orchard is a great place for cheap produce most is $1/lb, open Sat. for now but later in the season, Thurs. Sat. Sun later in the season. offers a great CSA. Costco has cheap Organic produce and even free range organic turkey meet $5/lb good for large families like ours (7) is where I started my online search for organics there are a lot of cool links there. BetonFarm has some exciting stuff coming up too. There are so many people in Las Vegas that have decieded to make healthy nutritional food apart of their life and the more people who participate the cheap and more available the food will be. Trader Joes is a great cheap whole foods alternative. But the orchard is by far the best deal in town
    roman reidMar 7, 2012 11:01:08 AM
    Let us not forget Hydroponics as an option to grow food indoors or out. We made room inside our home for the winter and outside in summer for a Ebb and flow Hydroponics garden.
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