Working from home during the pandemic has led to new activities and hobbies for many. Temple Grandin, PhD, animal welfare expert, autism advocate and long-time MEAT+POULTRY contributing editor, used her time at home during 2020 to finish writing her latest book, “The Outdoor Scientist: The Wonder of Observing the Natural World.” The book, written for children, encourages young people to head outside where they might discover a love of science.

“If you are fascinated by clouds or the spots on a ladybug’s back; if you like to split open rocks and see what’s inside, then you’re already an outdoor scientist,” Grandin wrote in her book.

The book includes 40 ideas for hands-on activities for children that can be done outside.

The School Library Journal said in a review of the book, “Grandin’s words are a rallying cry for budding scientists and she serves as a role model for young readers with autism. This is an important STEM and STEAM resource for every collection.”

Dickey’s heads to ‘land of the rising sun’

Dickey’s partnered with Sunsheng (Jason) Lin, owner of Japan Barbecue Franchise Company (JBFC) Co. LTD, to open its first Japan location.


Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opened its first location in Tokyo on May 12. The Texas-style barbecue brand partnered with Sunsheng (Jason) Lin, owner of Japan Barbecue Franchise Company, to open its first Japanese location in the Kamiosaki District of Tokyo.

The new restaurant will offer third-party delivery, takeout and limited dine-in seating for on-the-go guests.

“We are thrilled for Dickey’s first Japan restaurant to open in such a well-known metropolis,” said Roland Dickey Jr., chief executive officer of Dickey’s Capital Group. “Working with Jason enables us to continue driving our international expansion efforts and rapidly grow as the world’s largest barbecue concept. With so many different, convenient ways to order at the new Tokyo restaurant, we are confident that people in Shinagawa-ku and its surrounding communities will become big fans of Dickey’s pit-smoked barbecue.”

Dickey’s plans to open a second location in Japan sometime this fall.


“The main question becomes when does that balance tip? When does it go from someone exercising their First Amendment right to breaking the law?”

– James Naugle, assistant sheriff with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office in Santa Rosa, Calif., said about animal rights protests when speaking at the virtual Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit in May.

Photo: Ledo Pizza


Shots for ‘Za

Meat processing companies aren’t the only ones providing incentives to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Ledo Pizza and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan are offering free pizza. The Maryland pizza restaurant plans to give away free pizza to people who completed their first dose of the vaccine throughout May and June.

The deal lasts through June 30 or until 10,000 free pizzas have been given away at all Ledo Pizza locations. People in Maryland can sign up for its free pizza at After filling out the necessary information, Ledo Pizza will send a coupon for the free pizza via text within 24 hours. The coupon will be valid for online orders only and must be redeemed within seven days of receiving it.