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Bird flu puts organic chickens into lockdown in US, Europe

Organic and free-range chickens have been thrown into lockdown.

Egg-laying hens that normally have access to the outdoors can no longer roam as freely or feel the sun on their beaks as some US and European farmers temporarily keep flocks inside during lethal outbreaks of bird flu, according to egg producers and industry representatives.

The switch comes as a surprise to shoppers already shelling out more money for eggs due to cullings of infected flocks. Consumers pay extra for specialty eggs, thinking they come from hens that can venture out of barns.

US watchdogs say retailers and egg companies must

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Bird flu puts organic chickens into lockdown from Pennsylvania to France

CHICAGO/PARIS, May 2 (Reuters) – Organic and free-range chickens have been thrown into lockdown.

Egg-laying hens that normally have access to the outdoors can no longer roam as freely or feel the sun on their beaks as some U.S. and European farmers temporarily keep flocks inside during lethal outbreaks of bird flu, according to egg producers and industry representatives.

The switch comes as a surprise to shoppers already shelling out more money for eggs due to cullings of infected flocks. read more Consumers pay extra for specialty eggs, thinking they come from hens that can venture out of barns.

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Is organic food better for the climate?

This article originally appeared as part of our Food Weekly newsletter. Subscribe to get sustainability food news in your inbox every Thursday.

Organic food promises to be healthier and more sustainable. The European Union plans to reach organic production on 25 percent of its agricultural land by 2030, up from 9.1 percent in 2020. The United States, in contrast, isn’t putting big bets on organic, which still represents less than 1 percent of total American farmland. Instead, the USDA promotes climate-smart agriculture by investing $1 billion in regenerative commodity pilot projects. But which is the better move?

Organic requires too

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San Diego’s largest food relief organization receives more donations in 2022

Senate Bill 1383 is a new California law that mandates certain businesses that generate food waste donate their edible surplus to hunger-relief organizations.

Since it took effect on January 1st, Feeding San Diego has seen a nearly 25% increase in edible food donations.

They’ve also added 25 new food donors.

The organization’s Chief Supply Chain Officer Patty O’Connor said the increase in donations comes while need is higher than ever before.

“So pre-pandemic, about 90% of what we distributed to the community was rescued and donated food,” she said. “Now we are distributing more food because the needs have increased.

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