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Cattle grazing in southwestern Colombia. This combination of nutritious grasses and trees, known as silvopastoralism, can increase farm production and aid the environment. Courtesy of Neil Palmer/CIAT hide caption

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An aerial view of a hog farm in North Carolina. The shot on the right shows a flooded manure lagoon after Hurricane Matthew. Google Earth (left)/Waterkeeper Alliance/EWG (right) hide caption

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The modern broiler, or meat chicken, grows incredibly fast. But some critics say the bird — and the flavor of its meat — may suffer as a result. Whole Foods wants all of its suppliers to shift to slower-growing chicken breeds, like this one, seen at Arkansas-based Crystal Lake Farms. Courtesy of Crystal Lake Farms hide caption

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Why Whole Foods Wants A Slower-Growing Chicken

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Holstein cows at Homestead Dairy in Plymouth, Ind. Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Gigi The Cow Broke The Milk Production Record. Is That Bad For Cows?

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A chicken house in Seagrove, N.C. North Carolina is one of the country's largest poultry producers. As farms move closer to residential areas, neighbors are complaining that the waste generated is a potential health hazard. Kelly Bennett/MCT via Getty Images hide caption

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When A Chicken Farm Moves Next Door, Odor May Not Be The Only Problem

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Cattle rancher Craig Vejraska pours out feed while checking on his cattle in a smokey field in Cox Meadow, as the Okanogan Complex fires burn outside Omak, Wash., Aug. 26, 2015. Ian C. Bates for NPR hide caption

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In A Remote Part Of Washington, A Scramble To Save Cattle From Flames

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Susan Edmonson, a cattle rancher from Henryetta, Okla., with some of her cattle. Since last fall, cattle thieves have thinned her herd, one animal at a time — a major financial blow for her farm. Jacob McCleland for NPR hide caption

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Cattle Theft: An Old Crime On The Rise

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Young pigs stare out of a pen at a hog farm in North Dakota. In coming months, consumers will start to see a new label on some packages of pork: Produced "without the use of ractopamine." Will Kincaid/AP hide caption

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A Muscle Drug For Pigs Comes Out Of The Shadows

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Dan Byers, an elite-cattle breeder, checks the heartbeat on a newborn calf, born from an embryo implanted in a surrogate heifer. Because the calf was delivered via C-section, he sprinkles sweet molasses powder on her to prompt the surrogate mother cow to lick her clean. Abby Wendle/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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Sheep are sold in small lots like this one at the Centennial Livestock Auction in Fort Collins, Colo. Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media/KUNC hide caption

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Sheep Ranchers Count On American Muslims To Keep Lamb On Menu

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Gayland Regier carries buckets of feed to his cattle in southeast Nebraska. Imported cattle make up a small portion of the American beef supply, but many American farmers and ranchers are concerned that foreign-sourced meat could distort their markets. courtesy of Grant Gerlock/NET News/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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Cattle raised at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb. A New York Times investigation of animal suffering at the federal research center has prompted a USDA review. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

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Workers prepare burritos at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in New York. The restaurant chain has stopped serving pork in about one-third of its U.S. locations. Richard Levine/Demotix/Corbis hide caption

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Chipotle's Pulled Pork Highlights Debate Over Sow Welfare

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Sister Elizabeth feeds Yoda, a water buffalo calf at the ranch. The nuns bought the buffalo to make mozzarella. Sonja Salzburg for Harvest Public Media hide caption

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Nuns On The Ranch Give A Heavenly Twist To Beef

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Congress To Nutritionists: Don't Talk About The Environment

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