Polls: Support for Fair Farms’ Legislative Priorities

By Mitchelle Stephenson When Fair Farms launched in December, we had two top legislative priorities for the 2016 Maryland General Assembly: antibiotics legislation (SB 607/HB 829) that would restrict the routine use of human antimicrobials in livestock that is not sick; and the Poultry Litter Management Act (SB 496/HB 599), a bill that would place …

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Delmarva Poultry Forum: How Many Chickens are Too Many for the Eastern Shore?

Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore (CBES) hosted a community forum on the impacts of industrial poultry production last week. Attended by well over 100 people on a snowy Wednesday night (Jan. 20) in the Eastern Shore town of Exmore, VA, the forum was moderated by Peabody Award-winning radio host Marc Steiner. The conversation will …

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How to Read an Egg Carton 101

Farm Fresh? Natural? Roaming?   The amount of descriptors on egg labels can be frustrating. This situation is particularly annoying if you are a Fair Farms consumer, and actually interested in figuring out what all of these labels mean. Are these labels actually promoting more humane and/or sustainable farming practices? We’ve done a little decoding …

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Physicians Like Me Are Alarmed at the Overuse of Antibiotics in the Farm Sector

By Dr. Tracy I. Freeman, M.D. As a board certified internist, I’m gravely concerned about antibiotic resistance and the role that agriculture plays in this growing problem. The word is out in the medical community: Physicians increasingly recognize infections that can’t be treated with antibiotics and reserve them for when a body can’t clear an …

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Press Release: Poultry Litter Management Act

TOP CHESAPEAKE BAY LEGISLATION IN 2016 WOULD MAKE CHICKEN COMPANIES RESPONSIBLE FOR MANURE Advocates say burden of excess manure disposal should not be on small farmers, taxpayers (Annapolis, MD) A broad coalition of environmental groups is banding together during the 2016 Maryland General Assembly to support legislation requiring poultry companies to take responsibility for the …

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