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Julie Knopp

Julie Knopp

Julie Knopp serves as president of the board of Compassionate Action for Animals in Minneapolis. She is a communications specialist and also a freelance writer covering topics related to animals and the environment.

COMMENTARY

Consider alternatives to fireworks, for animals’ sake, and ours | Opinion

By: - July 2, 2021

On Dec. 31, 2011, 5,000 red-winged blackbirds fell from the sky in Beebe, Arkansas. The birds landed on roofs, lawns and roads, covering the ground in a blanket of black feathers. “It just looked as if it had rained birds,” City Council Member Tracy Lightfoot said. Scientists believe this unprecedented loss of wildlife was caused […]

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Industrial meat agriculture is threatening our 10,000 lakes. (And it’s closer to 12,000.)

By: - December 2, 2020

Whenever I travel outside of Minnesota, the people I meet often comment on the state’s 10,000 lakes. I like to inform them that, contrary to popular belief, Minnesota actually has nearly 12,000 lakes. And those lakes are the heart and soul of Minnesota living. I will never forget the moment I first dipped my toes […]

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Pandemic is perfect moment to reexamine our food system — less meat, more plants

By: - May 4, 2020

More than two million euthanized chickens in Maryland, Delaware, and Minnesota recently joined the growing list of COVID-19 victims. Decreased demand for fresh food and workforce shortages caused by the pandemic are sending industrial food waste skyrocketing. Every day across the nation, farmers are dumping millions of gallons of cows’ milk and smashing hundreds of […]