Animal advocates criticize the painful effects of rapid growth in chickens. But poultry producers often draw attention away from the issue, touting new innovations in their breeding methods and general welfare improvements. Is slower growth really better for birds?
Today, corporate agriculture raises broiler chickens by the billions, producing birds that have not only outgrown their own bodies but are capable of outgrowing the industry itself.
A new study released in September by the University of Guelph, Ontario, shows decisively that this genetic manipulation comes at a great physical cost to the birds.
The alarming growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has prompted a call for factory farms to stop routinely administering antibiotic drugs to healthy animals. Many aren’t listening.
Today, more fish are raised on farms than caught in the wild. Trump wants to keep it that way, so he’s ordering Congress to lift environmental regulations on new offshore aquaculture facilities.
Two couples in rural Indiana worked for decades to build the American dream—and then watched it slip away to a massive pig farm. They refuse to give up.
By diverting federal funding for animal agriculture to the growing plant-based protein market, we can build a more ethical and resilient food system.
The problem is not that their animal welfare standards are too low, but that the language of welfare has no place in these standards at all.
Perdue is often touted as a leader in chicken welfare. But across the poultry industry, companies continue to leave their youngest and sickest birds behind.
Humane food labels are supposed to give consumers confidence that their products are responsibly sourced and farmers are held to higher welfare standards. But all too often, they’re proven wrong.