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The Future of Chicken, Without Antibiotics

Human drugs have been crucial to poultry farming. So what’s replacing them?
Source: Max Whittaker / Reuters

For decades, farmers have used low doses of human antibiotics to fatten their chickens. In the future, if one company has its way, farmers will use a fungal extract originally found in a Japanese pigsty.

Welcome to poultry farming in 2018. In the past few years, with evidence linking antibiotics on animal farms to , poultry producers (, , etc.) and restaurant chains (, , , , etc.) have pledged en masse to limit

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