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 […]

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, […]

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 […]