News and analysis for the global poultry industry.

Agrifood Angle

Roy Graber combines his Midwestern farming background with his knowledge of economics and agriculture policy to offer a deeper look at the poultry and pig industries.

Food Lion wants better broiler welfare, but how?

Grocery chain says it will address broiler welfare, but not a lot of information has yet been revealed
Within the past several years, for the most part, when a business that sells poultry products made an announcement that includes the company’s plans involving broiler welfare, it has meant that the company is requiring all of its broiler suppliers to comply with Global Animal Partnership (GAP) or Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) standards.
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No matter what Trump says, China trade means a lot

Frustration over COVID-19 origins shouldn't dampen enthusiasm over trade prospects that benefit American agriculture
During a July 23 press conference, U.S. President Donald Trump said the Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement between the U.S. and China was a great deal when it was coming to fruition, but that the agreement “means much less” to him now.
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Colorado lawmakers: We didn’t want cage-free egg law

Sponsor of bill described it as a ‘Colorado solution’ to threats of a ballot initiative pushed by out-of-state animal rights group
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis last week signed a bill into law that will eventually require all eggs produced and sold in the state to come from cage-free laying systems.
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Impossible Foods’ mission to make meat obsolete

CEO of Impossible Foods may be a little too optimistic after landing Starbucks deal
Impossible Foods CEO Patrick Brown recently made the bold statement to CNBC “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer that his company’s vision is to have plant-based protein products “completely replace the animal-based products in the food world within the next 15 years."
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Pork Crisis Alert

Olymel workers go the extra mile to avoid depopulation

Workers at three Quebec plants volunteer to work overtime shifts to process surplus hogs
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused thousands of North American meat and poultry plant workers to become ill, causing plants where the slaughter and processing of animals raised for food to either operate with a reduced workforce, or in some cases, suspend plant operations.
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Bryan Adams’ reckless pro-vegan post cuts like a knife

Rock musician says his Instagram post was meant to be against wet markets and in favor of veganism, but it was also taken as a xenophobic message
Regardless of the vegan retro rocker’s intentions, Bryan Adams, through an angry post on Instagram, has justifiably caused a lot of outrage.
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Response to plant closures, cullings could be less waste

Now that the public better understands the struggles of maintaining a supply of meat and poultry, will the consumers be less apt to let food go to waste?
It is difficult to remain positive as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague the meat and poultry industry, but I do believe I have discovered one thing good that may come from all of this.
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