The Problem with Superchickens

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Date of Publication: August 23

Year of Publication: 2022

Publication City: Washington, DC

Publisher: National Geographic

Author(s): Ilana Strauss

Superchickens, high school Model UN students, and retail have a surprising common denominator: what makes individuals “super” is also what makes them terrible.

Scientists discover a fascinating paradox: when they bred together super-productive, egg-laying hens, they found the chickens produced fewer eggs. We examine what went wrong with these so-called superchickens, and we look at human examples of this phenomenon—a high school Model UN team and a retail giant.

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