Last week, I met one of my food heroes and teachers — Joel Salatin — the lunatic farmer of Polyface Farms in Virginia. Never heard of him? Let’s fix that.
The Animal Welfare Institute and Farm Sanctuary have brought a petition to the USDA over the treatment of poultry during slaughter, reports AP. The groups have data showing that hundreds of thousands of chickens are dropped into scalding tanks while alive every year, despite humane slaughter rules.
With approximately 9 million vegetarians and vegans in the U.S., chances are that many families will be hosting an herbivore sometime during the holiday season. It should be a no-brainer—just use soy milk in your mashed potatoes, leave the ham out of the green beans, and use margarine in place of butter. Easy, right?
If your mom was like mine, she gave you the same home remedies when you came down with a cold or the flu: a warm blanket and a bowl of chicken soup. Mom is usually right, of course, but you might want to think twice about that chicken soup when you’re choosing flu-fighting foods.
Antibiotics are ubiquitous in factory farming. Thanks to incredibly confined cages and horrific living conditions, animals in factory farms are more prone to infection. On top of that, factory farming facilities often pump animals full of antibiotics because this practice makes them grow larger. Chickens are no exception when it comes to overuse of antibiotics, and new research shows a link between antibiotics in chicken and the superbugs causing bladder infections in humans that are becoming more and more difficult to treat.
Five Georgia legislators have introduced the “Georgia Right to Grow Act”, intended to protect the right of Georgians to grow food crops and raise chickens and rabbits for home consumption. [ … ]
In a new study, antibiotic-resistant bacteria were less common on farms that observed organic farming practices compared to conventional farms.
Last week, I went on a trip to Northern Wales and stayed on a small farm. Although I knew the ultimate fates of the animals there, I have to say, as far as farm animals go, they had a pretty good life, so I wondered, why isn’t it like this everywhere?
It’s fair to say that earth-friendly pest management strategies are on the rise, or rather, making a comeback.
As lawmakers continue to tackle approval of genetically modified salmon, scientists have developed yet another genetically modified animal that might one day be approved for human consumption: chickens.
The salmonella outbreak has spurred calls for a mandatory vaccination of hens against the bacteria. But can a vaccine fix the problems of industrial egg production?
Eggs from hens that are confined in cages or crowded sheds are more likely to be contaminated with Salmonella, while eggs from pasture raised chickens are less at risk.
Chicken of the Woods is another great wild mushroom species for beginning foragers. It’s relatively easy to identify, and has only a few look-alikes.