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The World’s Sick Farm Birds

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Touch the Soil News #633 (feature photo CC SA 2.0) Around the world, a growing number of chickens (and ducks) in industrial farm settings are getting sick with dangerous strains of the Avian Flu. After culling (destroying) over 33 million birds, the nation of South Korea is struggling with having sufficient egg supplies as well as chicken meat. The price of chicken meat has skyrocketed by over 150 percent over the past two months. The Avian Flu epidemic is having a domino effect around the world. Russia maintains its chicken egg and meat supplies by importing hatching chicks from the European Union. However, Russian health officials have to ban hatchling…

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Is it Complex or Simple?

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Touch the Soil News #603 (feature photo – euthanized turkeys after avain influenza was detected in the flock) Many of the world’s wild birds flying around are carriers of dangerous strains of Avian Influenza. Avian Influenza in confined animal operations – such as in egg laying hens dominated by one or two species – get sick and fellow hens have to be exterminated due to risk of contamination. The U.S. was hit hard in 2015, when over 50 million laying hens were exterminated. The cost included $3 billion in lost sales and $1 billion in taxpayer dollars for the cleanup. As we speak, freighter jets as carrying thousands of eggs…

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Got Eggs?

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Touch the Soil News #581 The Avian Influenza is a disease that infects hens that lay eggs. The Avian Influenza is a virus that causes high mortality rates in hens. The only way to stop it is to cull (destroy) the entire flock of hens in which an infected hen is found. Over the last couple of months, the nation of South Korea has been hit hard with Avian Influenza. As of recent, South Korea has had to cull about 20.5 million of its 80 million laying hens. The dramatic decline in egg production is hitting the nation hard. What is spooky about the whole Avian Influenza is that there…

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