We have to make a choice — allow industrial farms to continue overusing antibiotics as they have for decades or get routine antibiotic use out of our food system. The Maryland legislature has chosen, again, to preserve these drugs and protect public health. Gov. Hogan should make the same choice.
As President Donald Trump weighs trade policies that could provoke China to impose tariffs on U.S. soybean exports, Eastern Shore farmers fear what the ripple effects could be on what is Maryland's largest crop by acreage.
Under legislation proposed in the General Assembly, the Maryland Department of the Environment would begin testing air quality in communities with large concentrations of chicken farms. Farmers say such testing is unnecessary because they haven't observed any negative health effects.
Poultry workers on the Eastern Shore are willing to endure the arduous conditions and do what they can to make the industry as productive as possible: They work hard and long, and contribute to the local and national economy. Each year, they process over a quarter of a billion chickens, adding up to over $1 billion for the Maryland economy. In return, they would like the poultry companies, particularly Perdue, to take their responsibilities to the workers just as seriously.
By Minor Sinclair, Solomon Iyobosa Omo-Osagie II and Leila Borrero Krouse
Giant Food launches pilot sustainability ratings program as more and more consumers want to know how their food is grown and made, and retailers look for ways to give them information in a digestible way. One grocery analyst dubbed sustainability one of the year's top grocery trends as consumers begin to embrace the idea much as many started seeking organic products in recent years.
In one end of the long green warehouse come heaps of powdery, malodorous chicken manure. Out the other goes garden-ready fertilizer sold to golf courses or companies like Scotts, which bags it and markets it as Miracle Gro Organic Choice and other products.
Perdue is the first major American poultry supplier to stop using routine, low dose antibiotics in their agricultural operation. If Perdue, which processes approximately 13 million chickens each week, can make this change, why can't everyone?
I sidled over to a man in a white Perdue lab coat who had joined us on a farm. "Jim," his name tag said (yes, that Jim). I plied him with questions about how to increase yield and profits before hitting him with my big question. What about music? Do chickens like music? Stunned silence followed.
Perdue Foods plans to announce an overhaul this morning of its animal welfare policies, which the nation's fourth largest poultry producer says will be a first-of-its-kind effort in the industry and impact about 700 million animals.
A recent survey of over 60 poultry workers at several plants in the Delmarva region, shows workers endure cold, wet, slippery and dangerous conditions; they incur a lot of damage to their bodies; they struggle to keep pace with the line; and they earn low wages.
A group of state lawmakers wants to require big poultry companies to be responsible for the manure from their chickens that are grown on family farms – forcing a change in practice that the industry has opposed.
Chickens destined for Perdue packages suffer from the beginning to the end of their shortened lives, despite the fact that they are just as sensitive and intelligent as our dogs and cats. Perdue can do better, and we should expect it.
Animal rights activists are criticizing Salisbury-based Perdue Farms after watching a video showing a worker squeezing a chicken under his boot and throwing another bird against a wall at a North Carolina farm under contract with Perdue.
Driving home to Baltimore from a meeting with a potential new customer one cold February afternoon, my wife and I chuckled when we crossed the state border. In addition to "Maryland Welcomes You," our state's "Enjoy Your Visit!" sign on Route 15 now read, "We're Open for Business," followed by Gov. Larry Hogan's signature. I'd like to make our new Maryland greeting a bit more honest by inserting one word toward the end. It should read: "We're open for big business."