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USDA rules will allow chicken factories to conduct their own inspections

9/17/2014 - Apparently overburdened with having to police the filthy factory farm industry in accordance with the law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to simply hand over the inspection reigns to processing plants themselves, according to new reports. Updated "food safety" guidelines will...

Organic farm launches crowdfunding campaign to humanely raise and breed heritage chickens

9/3/2014 5:42:03 PM - The poultry industry, and in particular organic poultry, has exploded in popularity over the years, with more Americans now consuming the lean white meat over beef. Growing awareness regarding clean, healthier foods has sparked a new interest in overall health and fitness. This switch in mentality...

Germany's top supermarkets force the poultry industry to use safe, non-GMO feed again

9/2/2014 12:11:03 PM - European consumers do not want to eat food produced by animals that have been fed genetically modified (GM) feed. Unlike in the United States, the German market has been forced to adhere to consumer demand. One of the European Union's largest poultry producers, the Germany Poultry Association (ZDG)...

Legislators argue against new Obama Administration poultry regulations that would put Americans' health at risk

4/12/2014 - A coalition of legislators is urging the Obama Administration to abandon plans it made for overhauling the regulatory process guiding commercial poultry production, essentially making it easier for large-scale producers to skirt the law and sell potentially tainted products to the public. TheHill.com...

Feed your backyard chickens for free with garden produce, common weeds

10/23/2013 - One of the biggest complaints people who raise backyard chickens have is that commercial feed costs are often prohibitively expensive, especially when trying to raise chickens naturally without genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and pesticides. But did you know that many common garden weeds make...

FDA targets free-range, pastured poultry and eggs with ridiculous new draft guidance pushing for all chickens to be raised indoors

9/10/2013 - America's small farmers are once again under attack, this time by a new draft guidance issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that threatens to eliminate truly free-range and pastured poultry and eggs. Entitled "Questions and Answers Regarding the Final Rule, Prevention of Salmonella...

More vaccine failures - Lethal poultry virus strains caused by gene-swapping vaccines

9/3/2012 - Live attenuated viruses (LAVs), which are increasingly being inserted into vaccines injected into both humans and animals, are fully capable of combining with each other to form deadly new mutant strains. These are the disturbing findings of a recent study published in the journal Science, which sheds...

Natural and organic meat shopping is on the rise; consumers are waking up

7/30/2012 - Sometimes we Americans can be a little stubborn, a little too prideful or provincial when it comes to change. But slowly, surely, Americans are finally "getting it" when it comes to natural and organic foods, and we're buying more of them. New consumer research shows that while some grocery spending...

Traces of banned antibiotics discovered in poultry

7/8/2012 - Researchers at Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health and at Arizona State University have discovered traces of a banned antibiotic in poultry byproducts, which seems to indicate producers are evading 2005 regulation prohibiting its use in treating chickens and turkeys. The scientists said...

US meat and poultry widely contaminated with bacteria including superbugs

4/16/2011 - How would you like a big, juicy burger loaded with onions, mustard, ketchup -- and a big helping of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), a bacteria linked to a wide range of human diseases? If you find that dish stomach-churning instead of appetizing, then maybe you should think twice...

CI files legal complaint against Herbruck's Poultry Ranch for violating organic standards

4/14/2011 - The growing popularity of organic food over the past several decades has positively led to both increased availability and affordability. It has also, however, led to the emergence of "organic" factory farm imposters trying to take advantage of the system by cutting corners and selling not-so-organic...

Tainted poultry litter causing widespread arsenic contamination

8/19/2010 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has pinpointed a major source of arsenic contamination in the environment -- poultry litter. Commercial poultry producers often supplement chicken feed with roxarsone, an arsenic-based food additive, in order to bulk them...

Timeline: World History of Viral Pandemics: 412BC to 2009

5/1/2009 - When observing the swine flu outbreak happening today, it's helpful to have some historical context. Viral pandemics are not unusual, and talking about one isn't "alarmist." Pandemics are a regular feature of life on earth, and they occur with surprising regularity throughout world history. Wherever...

Be Informed about Common Poultry Products

2/7/2009 - Chickens on regular farms are treated inhumanely. Hens are confined to very small spaces and are subjected to high-intensity artificial light to simulate daylight hours. This increases egg production. These laying hens are also fed many different hormones and antibiotics to increase their production...

Investment Powerhouse Goldman Sachs Buying Up Poultry Farms in China

8/20/2008 - Corporate ownership of world food sources may be shifting into high gear. Goldman Sachs, the private equity investment bank of the ultra wealthy and powerful, has announced that it's in the race to scoop up assets related to food production. Its latest investment is $300 million in Chinese chicken farms. U.S....

Consumer group petitions USDA to limit sodium in meat and poultry products

1/17/2007 - Since excess salt can cause high blood pressure, heart attack and strokes, the Center for Science in the Public Interest is petitioning the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set maximum sodium levels for a variety of meat and poultry goods. "According to leading sodium researchers, halving the salt...

Bird flu study highlights need to vaccinate flocks effectively (press release)

10/12/2006 - Incomplete vaccination of poultry flocks could make the spread of deadly strains of avian flu such as H5N1 worse, scientists at the Universities of Edinburgh and Warwick have found. The research shows that even though the available vaccines are effective on individual birds, the disease is likely to...

Bird flu timeline: A history of influenza from 412 BC – AD 2006

2/6/2006 - 412 BC – Major epidemic of a disease (which, although not called influenza, probably was influenza) recorded by Hippocrates. 1357 AD – The term, “influenza,” from the Italian word meaning "influence," was coined. Popular belief at that time blamed the development of flu on the influence of the stars....

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