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How cannabis-fed chickens may help cut Thai farmers’ antibiotic use

By Rebecca Ratcliffe

15 Jun 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Could cannabis-fed chicken hold the key to a future with better quality meat? The Guardian reports on findings that suggest just this...

It all began when Ong-ard Panyachatiraksa, a farm owner in the north of Thailand who is licensed to grow medicinal cannabis, was wondering what to do with the many excess leaves he had amassed. He asked: could his brood of chickens benefit from the leftovers?

Academics at Chiang Mai University were also curious. Since last January they have studied 1,000 chickens at Ong-ard’s Pethlanna organic farm, in Lampang, to see how the animals responded when cannabis was mixed into their feed or water.

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