Thursday, August 19, 2010

Are You Afraid of Salmonella in Your Eggs?

The thought of a massive recall of 380 million eggs due to salmonella contamination is enough to make anyone rethink having an omelet. Fortunately, however, those who buy eggs from local, sustainable sources are far less likely to ever have to worry.

Understanding How Salmonella Gets into Eggs Can Change How You Buy Them

Today's news headlines are frightening. Over 380 million eggs have been recalled across the United States due to suspected salmonella contamination. Salmonella (S. enteritidis) is a foodborne bacteria that can cause illness and even death in humans. The CDC suspects that hundreds of recent cases of salmonella poisoning can be attributed to eggs. 

How exactly does salmonella get into an egg in the first place? There are several ways, but they always have the root cause of poor sanitation at egg factories. 


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Chickens in Urban Montreal

A great report from my friend, Kyla, on the possible re-introduction of laying hens in backyards in Montreal. Not only an important step back towards self-sufficiency but also a step in the right direction for saving the endangered Chanteclers.


After More Than 40 Years, Laying Hens Return to Montreal
On the eve of Expo 67, Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau passed a law that forbid the raising, breeding, slaughtering and butchering of poultry and game in the city. Montreal could see the reintroduction of laying hens in 2011.


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Can You Keep a Pet Chicken in Your House?

Do you really want to deal with chicken diapers?

The Rise in Urban Chickens Has Some Owners Considering Them a House Pet

Chicken ownership in cities and towns has exploded over the past few years as more and more municipalities change their codes regarding keeping chickens in an urban environment. With the rise in city chickens, some owners are taking the next step and keeping pet chickens in their house full time.


Monday, August 2, 2010

Is Your Farm a Business or a Hobby?

Understanding the Difference Can Save You Thousands in Taxes

The tax rules relating to farmers can be difficult to understand and navigate. One of the most important farm tax rules relates to whether the farm is a business run for profit or a hobby that is run for pleasure.