Citing Monsanto is Lazy and Ignorant

I don’t think it’s any secret that I’m pro-GMO. I laud genetic engineering across my social media platforms. I subscribe to the Genetic Literacy Project, and I have a major girl crushes on SciBabe and Kavin Senapathy. I think genetic engineering and gene editing have tremendous potential in food production, whether it’s to combat diseases […]

Chickens Eating Bugs Eating Garbage

Sustainability is a word and concept bandied about with little concern about its actual meaning. My education in agriculture and livestock production taught me that sustainable food production considered a variety of factors – environmental and human impacts, whether that’s related to conservation or maintaining the livelihood of a nation’s farmers whilst feeding the world. […]

Egg Farmers of Alberta Farm Tour – v. Foodie

Before I begin, I must disclose that I work for the Egg Farmers of Alberta. While inherently biased towards modern agriculture, I am a strong believer in food choice. Some consumers dislike all caged systems, citing welfare concerns. That’s okay – we work with all producers caring for more than 300 laying hens, and this includes […]

Frankenchicken?! Not Quite. Not At All.

When we think about genetic engineering, we think about plants – corn, soybean, cotton, and a few others. We rarely consider that livestock are candidates for genetic engineering, and while this may seem frightening, it holds a great deal of potential in combatting diseases in the livestock industry. This isn’t your average “Frankenchicken.” Earlier this […]

Eating and Stampeding

The Calgary Stampede dubs itself as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. For ten days, Calgary is transformed into a haven for cowboys and cowgirls. Stetsons and Wranglers become appropriate business attire, country and pop music stars grace the city with their presence, and rodeo champions compete for belt buckles in one of the largest […]

Poultry, Poop, and Greenhouse Gases

Chicken poop can save the world. I know, it sounds ridiculous, but chicken manure may hold the key in helping greenhouse gas emitters better scrub their emissions before they hit the atmosphere, making our manufacturing industries more environmentally-friendly and providing a new income stream for poultry farmers across the country. Scientists in Maryland, alongside HY-TEK Bio, […]

Testing Egg Shell Quality

At the Egg Farmers of Alberta, we hold regional producer meetings,so we can share news about the industry, whether it’s from consumer groups, our colleagues at the Egg Farmers of Canada, or information about upcoming programs and events. These meetings are held in January and June, and this week, we held our June regional meetings […]

What’s The Deal With Salmonella?!

Backyard flocks are always a hot topic, especially in urban environments. There’s a romantic aspect to waking up and collecting fresh eggs from your small flock of hens. It feels good. In your opinion, the eggs taste better, and having control over your hens’ lives, you remain confident that your food was sourced from happy and […]

Farm Video Mastery

Part of my work at the Egg Farmers of Alberta is managing the organization’s social media platforms and helping our Marketing Manager develop engaging social media campaigns. This is a recent addition to my role of self-appointed quota marshal (Producer Services Administrator), but it’s one that I’ve dived into without a second thought. Yesterday, I […]