John Oliver’s long segment last night dealt with the lives of American chicken farmers, which are, unsurprisingly, almost as bad as the lives of the chickens themselves.
There's a new-ish sub-genre of romance novels written by and for ladies who love to get dirty — both literally and figuratively. Deemed "Rural Romance", the novels are most popular in Australia, where publishers are furiously adding collections of agricultural sexiness to their rosters.
• We're so used to thinking of dogs as companions that we often forget the most basic reason people buddy up to animals: Food. A new study suggests wolves were first domesticated in southeastern China for their meat. •
In the organic farming world, Amy Hepworth is a rock star. According to New York magazine, apparently foodies at Brooklyn's uber-smug Park Slope Coop are so obsessed with the farmer — known for her apples — that they line up before dawn to meet her truck and go to meet-and-greets. Although her family has farmed…