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Agriculture Report

Less Antibiotics in Chicken

By Fadi Didi

Fast-food restaurants are starting to demand a reduction in use of antibiotics in chicken.


Length: 1:14

Fast-food restaurants are starting to demand a reduction in the use of antibiotics in the chicken it sources.

Steve Leech with Chicken Farmers of Canada says it's the same direction the entire chicken industry is heading.

He says the industry eliminated the preventative use of antibiotics most critical to human health last year.

Part of the concern of consumers comes from the idea that overuse of antibiotics could lead to antibiotic resistance.

Leech says it's important that Canada approves more antibiotic alternatives.

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A massive court case begins today in the United States that is pitting the sugar industry against the corn industry.

It stems from efforts by the Corn Refiners Association to rebrand its high fructose corn syrup as corn sugar.

The corn refiners say that sugar is sugar, and the body can't tell the difference.

Sugar processors are suing the corn refiners for false advertising.

Corn refiners and the two agribusiness giants are countersuing -- claiming the sugar industry has made false and misleading statements.

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About 2,000 farmers, grain handlers and corn exporters have filed lawsuits against Syngenta -- now that a federal judge has ruled their cases have merit to move forward.

The lawsuits allege Syngenta's introduction of a new genetically modified corn seed in 2011 interrupted trade with China and harmed the market for U.S. corn by depressing the commodity's price.

That cost the U.S. corn industry as much as three billion dollars.

Syngenta had tried to have the case dismissed, saying it had no duty to protect the farmers and other agribusinesses that handle and trade corn.

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In just over a week, thousands of farmers and farm businesses will be in Red Deer, Alberta -- for Agri-Trade 2015.

There will be over 400 exhibitors, and upwards of 23,000 people are anticipated to pass through the gates over the four days.

Companies from all over Canada and the US will be showcasing their newest technology -- to allow producers to see what's new in the industry.

 

 


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