Who Benefits from Organic Farming? A Summary on Organic Animal Products

Now that I'm done with the interview process (which went well, I think), I'm back to the normal blogging schedule. I've previously discussed organic dairy farming and organic eggs, so today I wrap up our discussion of organic animal products and the pros and cons. Of course, the pros and cons vary depending on whose … Continue reading Who Benefits from Organic Farming? A Summary on Organic Animal Products

Chicken stories because I’m playing hooky from interview prep…

I have a faculty interview Friday which I should be preparing for, but since everyone needs a break now and then, I'm gifting you a few of my favorite chicken stories from my childhood instead. We had odd naming conventions for our animals. Our sheep were capitols of the world. Our cats were named after … Continue reading Chicken stories because I’m playing hooky from interview prep…

Brief Hiatus & Superbug Cartoons

The end of February is shaping up to be extremely busy for me, so the blog will go on hiatus until February 26. In the meantime, I leave you with a couple of my favorite cartoons on antibiotic-resistant bacteria (also sometimes called superbugs). Enjoy!   And last, but not least, this is the best cartoon … Continue reading Brief Hiatus & Superbug Cartoons

“Free Range”, “Organic”, “Cage Free” and Other Labels for Eggs

When I was about 8, I wanted to marry a chicken farmer (it never occurred to me that I could simply be a chicken farmer, but that's besides the point). My family now jokes that I am fulfilling that dream by studying Salmonella enterica, a bacterium best know for being found in, well, chickens... At any rate, because my … Continue reading “Free Range”, “Organic”, “Cage Free” and Other Labels for Eggs