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The System Supplying America’s Chickens Pits Farmer vs. Farmer

The System Supplying America’s Chickens Pits Farmer vs. Farmer

| February 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Most of the nation’s chicken meat is grown by contract farmers who get ranked against each other when it’s time to get paid. Critics say someone always ends up losing — and, too often, deep in debt.

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Is Tyson Foods’ Chicken Empire a ‘Meat Racket’?

Is Tyson Foods’ Chicken Empire a ‘Meat Racket’?

| February 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new book argues that Tyson’s system treats farmers like “modern-day sharecroppers.” Author Christopher Leonard looks at Tyson’s inner workings and the not-so-independent farmers who raise the birds.

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Inside the Beef Industry’s Battle Over Growth-Promotion Drugs

Inside the Beef Industry’s Battle Over Growth-Promotion Drugs

| August 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Beta agonists, a class of drugs widely fed to cattle and hogs to make them put on weight faster, are coming under increasing scrutiny. Reports suggest animals fed these drugs can seem reluctant to move — lethargic, unable to walk properly — and may die more often, too.

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Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows with Zilmax to Boost Foreign Sales?

Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows with Zilmax to Boost Foreign Sales?

| August 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tyson Foods said it will stop using the controversial drug, which fattens cattle, because of potential animal welfare issues. But many in the beef industry say the company is just interested in boosting exports to countries like China and the European Union, where growth-promoting drugs for meat production are banned.

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