Fri April 18, 2014
The Salt

Hunting For The Tastiest Egg: Duck, Goose, Chicken Or Quail?

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 11:48 am

Quail, chicken, duck, goose.
Meg Vogel/NPR

The chicken clearly rules the roost of American egg production. Our hens laid 95.2 billion eggs in 2013, according to government figures.

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Wed March 12, 2014

Egg Law Latest Battleground In Animal Welfare Fight

Many large egg-producing operations, like this one in Stuart, Iowa, would have to change the way they house hens if they want to sell eggs in California under the terms of a new California state law that is currently under court challenge.
Credit Kathleen Masterson / Harvest Public Media


Fri March 7, 2014
The Salt

States Fight California's Chicken Cage Law. But It's Really About Bacon

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 10:55 am

Free-range chickens lay eggs for Sauder's Quality Eggs in Pennsylvania.
Dan Charles NPR

By most measures, David Kesten's hens are living the good life.

"They can act like chickens, they can run around," says Kesten, who's raising hens in an old wooden shed in the open countryside near Concordia, Mo. "They can go out and catch bugs, they can dig in the ground."

But most U.S. hens live crammed into very close quarters, according to Joe Maxwell, with the Humane Society of the U.S. And he says that's just wrong.

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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?

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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Fri April 26, 2013

Cagey Issues for Egg Industry

The hens in Hongwei Xin’s basement lab at Iowa State University in Ames have perches, one of the requirements of new cages proposed in an egg industry-supported federal bill.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

Eggs are simple, versatile and popular. In fact, each American consumes about 250 eggs per year. However, the poultry business – which grapples with the environmental challenge of caring for the millions of hens that lay all those eggs – is anything but simple.

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