chickens http://iowapublicradio.org en Hunger Help from the Heartland http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hunger-help-heartland <p></p><p>Global hunger has no easy answer.</p><p>But as part of a partnership with the federal government called <a href="http://feedthefuture.gov/">Feed the Future</a>, researchers at land-grant universities are trying new approaches to the decades-old dilemma.</p><p>“The world’s poorest people, and hungriest people, generally, the majority of them are small farmers living in rural areas,” said Tjada D’oyen McKenna, deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future. “And agriculture is the most effective means of bringing them out of poverty and under-nutrition.”</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 42531 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hunger Help from the Heartland Virtual Reality for Chickens http://iowapublicradio.org/post/virtual-reality-chickens <p>Would you eat the eggs of a hen lost in virtual reality?</p><p>On this <em>River to River</em> segment - a proposal by Austin Stewart of Iowa State University to give real, captive chickens a true virtual experience of roaming a free range.</p><p>“All the chickens in this world would have microphones so they can squawk at one another and socialize," says Stewart.</p><p><em>Spoiler alert: </em>While Stewart admits that this is not a real business proposal, he is trying to provoke discussion on our lives as people living in "boxes" as well as communication on our livestock practices.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:22:09 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 41078 at http://iowapublicradio.org Virtual Reality for Chickens Raising Your Own Chickens http://iowapublicradio.org/post/raising-your-own-chickens <p>Iowa’s hen population is getting a little more urban. There are now back yard chickens in Des Moines, Ames, Mt. Vernon, Iowa City and a number of other Iowa towns.&nbsp; Today on Talk of Iowa, we talk about the increasing popularity of back yard poultry. Host Charity Nebbe talks chicks and breeds with the owner of McMurray Hatchery, and gets some advice from <em>Backyard Poultry</em> magazine's "answer man".</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:59:25 +0000 Charity Nebbe 18273 at http://iowapublicradio.org Raising Your Own Chickens