Unprecedented. Uncertain. Historic. Frantic. Challenging. Words have been used daily to describe the sudden havoc COVID-19 wreaked on the food system and the economy as America worked to slow the spread of the disease and save lives while we kept a nation fed.
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at a conference in Chicago that was hosted by the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative. We discussed resilient agriculture, how producers can re-orient their practices to mitigate damage to the environment and build a more sustainable future.
I’m still new to the idea of hurricanes because I grew up in the Midwest. Yes, I’ve lived through countless blizzards, ice storms and the occasional tornado, but never hurricanes. Now, living in North Carolina, hurricane season has become a very real part of my life.
In keeping up with market demands, some unintended consequences that are becoming evident must be addressed for the health of our bird populations and industry alike, especially as it relates to leg health and bird mobility.
Dropped crops range in severity from a barely noticeable bump, to an obvious, pendulous crop that hangs down off the front of the bird. The pendulous crop can cause meat quality issues and poses severe threat to bird health.
One of my favorite daytime cooking shows discussed how the brown shell, the organic farm status and deep orange color meant that eggs were fresh. Wait a minute! None of those things are true indicators of freshness in eggs.