Agriculture

4:40pm

Thu February 20, 2014
The Salt

'Piglet Smoothie' Fed To Sows To Prevent Disease; Activists Outraged

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 12:37 pm

A screen grab from an undercover video released by the Humane Society of the U.S. shows a pig in a gestation crate at Iron Maiden Farms in Owensboro, Ky.
Courtesy of The Humane Society of The United States

Animal welfare groups go to great lengths to show us how "the sausage" is made inside the factory-style farms that produce most of our meat. For the past few years, they've armed activists with video cameras and sent them undercover to document alleged abuses or risky practices.

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9:19am

Thu February 20, 2014
Agriculture

Chipotle Calls Out Conventional Agriculture In ‘Farmed And Dangerous’

Chipotle is banking on consumers eating up their unconventional advertising in "Farmed and Dangerous."
Chipotle FarmedAndDangerous.com

The latest salvo in the PR battle between the anti-conventional farming crowd and "Big Ag" doesn’t come on the floor of a state legislature and it doesn’t feature adorable farm families or zombies eating corn.

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1:40am

Thu February 20, 2014
The Salt

The System Supplying America's Chickens Pits Farmer Vs. Farmer

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 7:23 am

Benny Bunting, a farm advocate for Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, in front of one of his old chicken houses in Oak City, N.C.
Dan Charles NPR

After reading Christopher Leonard's The Meat Racket, a broadside against the contract-farming system, I decided to take a closer look at it.

I drove to North Carolina and ended up in the kind of place that supplies practically all of our chickens: a metal-sided, 500-foot-long structure near the town of Fairmont.

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2:14pm

Wed February 19, 2014
The Salt

Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, And The Industry Is Listening

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 5:34 am

Do these chickens look medicated?
iStockphoto

In an age when consumers want transparency in how their food is produced, meat producers are under the microscope.

And the meat industry is responding: Antibiotic-free chicken is showing up everywhere you look.

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1:44am

Wed February 19, 2014
The Salt

Is Tyson Foods' Chicken Empire A 'Meat Racket'?

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 12:38 pm

Chickens gather around a feeder in a Tyson Foods poultry house in Washington County, Ark.
April L. Brown AP

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