Poultry Farming: The Shocking Reality of Factory Farm Birds

Raising chickens for their eggs isn’t as wholesome a practice as the egg industry wants you to believe. In fact, the suffering and mistreatment of layer hens make it one of the cruelest types of farming in the food industry. Raising chickens for their eggs isn’t as wholesome a practice as the egg industry wants you to believe. In fact, the suffering and mistreatment of layer hens make it one of the cruelest types of farming in the food industry. People sometimes raise chickens themselves because they want access to fresh eggs. Over time, however, they bond with these animals, give them names, and interact with them like they would any other pet. If you’re familiar with poultry farming, however, you know that billions of chickens are denied such healthy relationships. Whether they’re raised to lay eggs or for their meat, chickens in factory farming operations suffer needless cruelty and death. You might not be familiar with the poultry farming industry, but this guide will take you deep into the bowels of operations that treat chickens as nothing more than commodities. PETA calls chickens “the most abused animals on the planet.” Not only are they the most-killed animals for the ...

Do You Sleep Well? Tips on Getting the Amount of Sleep a Body Needs

How did you sleep last night? If you got less than seven hours, the centers for disease control and prevention says you are “sleep deprived”. And that’s the case for more than a third of americans. Taking a hot bath, drinking warm milk, sleeping with a fan on – suggestions about getting a good night’s sleep seem to be endless. Which sleep tips actually work, and which ones don’t? When it comes to a good night’s sleep, there are lots of questions and the right answers are not the same for everyone. One common question is, what’s better, sleeping in a warm room or a cold one? Northlanders we interviewed had varying answers. “I need a cold room to sleep,” one UMD college student told us. “It’s easier for me to fall asleep. I feel uncomfortable if I’m too hot but when I’m cold I can just cover up.” Depending on on what you consider cold, Janet Kennedy, a clinical psychologist told us, “The optimal sleep temperature is between 68 and 72 degrees, because the body temperature lowers as you are falling asleep. If the room is too hot it can make the body too hot and make it harder to fall asl...