Georgie Cartanza – The Evolution of the Poultry Industry on Delmarva

I always knew that the poultry industry was prominent in Delaware but I was unaware of the impact it has on feeding the east coast. Georgie was really great at explaining how it evolved and grew over time as well as stressing that everything that is done to keep the poultry process smooth moving and safe for consumers, farmers and chickens. I found the evolution of the chickens themselves to be most interesting. The fact that the birds look so different without the help of hormones and steroids is truly fascinating. It did take fifty years with a ton of improvements in genetics, nutrition, housing and technology but the poultry industry has come a long way. I also was happy to hear that the industry is conscious about the environment and that they are making changes in their practices to include things such as vegetative buffers and putting concrete pads near the entrances to help prevent ground leaching. I look forward to learning more about the poultry  industry and our field trip this week.

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