Vilsack ‘can’t guarantee’ organic animal welfare regs will get done

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hopes that new proposed organic regulations for animal welfare will be complete before President Obama leaves office in January, but isn't sure. “I’m hopeful that we get them done,” USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a report by Harvest Public Media. “I can’t guarantee that they’ll get done, but I’m hopeful they get done.”

When it comes to meat, beliefs influence taste, study finds

Researchers investigating the relationship between belief and food found that the way meat production is described can influence the meat-eating experience, according to a new study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

Biggest egg producers promise to stop killing male chicks

Responding to pressure from animal welfare advocates, United Egg Purchasers (UEP) has agreed to stop killing male chicks at hatcheries by 2020, says Vox. New technology will enable the companies to tell the sex of the chick while still in the shell, so that the males can be painlessly disposed of before the eggs hatch. The UEP group represents 95 percent of all eggs raised in the U.S.

Smithfield says 70% of sows in group housing, not crates

The world's largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods Inc, says more than 70 percent of its pregnant sows are in group housing, part of a shift from so-called sow crates that limit their movement, says Associated Press.