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Tyson invests in non-meat protein

Reuters — Tyson Foods, the largest U.S. meat processor, took a five per cent stake in plant-based protein maker Beyond Meat amid growing pressure on food companies to reduce environmental and health risks by changing the way they source protein. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based Beyond Meat sells plant-based burger

U.S. exports at risk as bird flu enters heart of poultry country

Chicago | Reuters — A case of bird flu confirmed Wednesday in the heart of America’s poultry region, is certain to mean more export restrictions, increasing U.S. supply and likely forcing the world’s biggest poultry companies to trim prices. The U.S. government announced the infection of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian flu in turkeys in Arkansas

McDonald’s to phase out human antibiotics from U.S. chicken supply

Reuters — McDonald’s U.S. restaurants will gradually stop buying chicken raised with antibiotics vital to fighting human infections, the most aggressive step by a major food company to change chicken producers’ practices in the fight against dangerous “superbugs.” The world’s biggest restaurant chain announced on Wednesday that within two years, McDonald’s USA will only buy

Monster storm Sandy spares U.S. livestock sector serious damage

Reuters / The monster storm that pummelled the eastern U.S. appears to have largely spared American livestock operations. Poultry producer Perdue Farms temporarily shut down four of its processing plants in the northeast and a distribution centre. The company said two of the large producers had extensive flooding while others were relying on generators to

High-flying wings cheer U.S. chicken companies

Customers with the munchies pay what it takes chicago /reuters Chicken wings, those heavily seasoned tidbits served in sports bars and at-home football parties, are giving the chicken industry a lot to crow about as sales have largely weathered a recession and a doubling of prices. In addition, industry forecasters predict continued strong demand as

Activists turn investors in a bid to change farm practices

The Humane Society said it plans to introduce shareholder proposals next year promoting alternatives to sow stalls

The Humane Society of the United States has bought shares in four major financial services companies in a bid to use shareholder pressure to force two of the nation’s largest pork producers to stop housing pregnant sows in gestation stalls. The animal rights group said Aug. 31 that its investment — a relatively small $3,000