Backyard chickens may seem free and happy, but are at increased risk of contracting diseases from wild birds.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some critics say livestock farms promote diseases that spread from animals to humans. An animal scientist explains how well-run farms work to keep that from happening.
Workers in a pork processing plant, 2016.
COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred at more than 100 US meatpacking plants. Geography, workforce demographics and economic concentration make it hard for workers to fight for better conditions.
Turkeys do a lot of standing and milling around, not a lot of flying.
Sit down to Thanksgiving dinner ready to amaze your companions with physiological facts about why different cuts of the turkey have different characteristics.
Turkey is cheaper than ever before.
Turkey has become easier to produce over the years, making it easier on American wallets – with some environmental benefits as well.
While this research has merit, it doesn’t exactly tell us eating chicken reduces risk of breast cancer.
Recent reports suggested eating chicken could reduce the risk of breast cancer. In the study, those who ate chicken were at lower risk – when compared to women who ate large quantities of red meat.
Cattle that are grass-fed, antibiotic- and growth hormone-free gather at a farm in Oregon in 2015. There’s a debate over whether antibiotic use in livestock makes germs more resistant to the drugs, and results in infections being passed on to humans who consume the meat.
(AP Photo/Don Ryan)
The use of antibiotics in raising livestock is complex. We could be moving towards a less-than-ideal result due to poor understanding, over-simplistic messaging and a rush for competitive advantage.
Donald Trump doesn’t liked to be reined in, which is why he has such a problem with trade deals like NAFTA.
(The Associated Press)
Part of the purpose of trade deals is to prevent politicians from inserting politics into matters of commerce. Donald Trump is bucking that trend. What does it mean for Canada and NAFTA?
There are concerns that the new draft poultry standards don’t truly have chickens’ welfare at heart.
The current review of standards for egg and poultry farming does little to assuage fears that the industry wields too much influence. Only an independent regulator can restore public confidence.
Don’t blame the turkey for those snores coming from the living room!
Remember that story about the molecule found in turkey that makes you drowsy? Research shows it's a myth – tryptophan doesn't cause you to nod off, but it may be connected to cooperation.
Headed for export?
The fate of turkey tails shows how Americans have shifted from eating whole animals to focusing on choice cuts – and the surprising places where unwanted parts end up.
Cooked chicken meat imported from China could end up in U.S. restaurant meals without information about its origin.
China has started exporting cooked chicken meat to the United States. Is it safe to eat? An agriculture extension specialist discusses possible concerns about food safety and contamination.
A woman in northern Ethiopia feeds her chickens. Bill Gates has estimated that a farmer breeding five hens could generate up to $1,000 a year.
The factors limiting poultry production are similar to those affecting the rest of the agricultural systems.
The dispute between South Africa and the US over poultry products could harm relations between the two countries.
South Africa's agricultural sector has benefited handsomely from the US's preferential trade agreements. It is important that the current dispute is resolved speedily.
Avoiding undercooked chicken meat or liver will help prevent infection.
Chicken meat is an extremely popular and affordable source of animal protein, and each Australian now consumes approximately 43 kilograms of it every year. But chicken is also uniquely prone to making…