By John Himmelberger on
This Dish Is
In the 1970’s chicken consumption averaged
27 pounds per person, in modern day that number has risen to 59 pounds.
Looking to make changes in your life and eat healthier? Easy right? Avoid
red meat and eat plenty of chicken... that must be the answer. It’s white
meat and it must contain lower amounts of artery clogging cholesterol?
Wrong, chicken and turkey actually contain as much heart damaging
cholesterol as red meat.
In the 1970’s chicken consumption averaged 27 pounds per person, in
modern day that number has risen to 59 pounds. With the explosion of chicken
farming the goal of the modern day farmer is to raise large meaty chickens
fast. In the 1950’s chickens lived 90 days until slaughter. Today chickens
are slaughtered in 40 days. Pumped with growth hormones and antibiotics the
modern chicken lives a bleak life. Most are kept in polluted dark sheds with
as many as 25,000 birds per shed, these birds suffer many of the same
ailments as battery hens, such as being de-beaked and being forced to live
in a toxic environment.
These animals live in this confinement for 40 days without ever seeing
sun or being allowed to roam through grass. Genetic engineering of broiler
chickens and turkeys often results in a bird too heavy to stand or walk.
They suffer from pain in their legs and sores on their feet that are induced
by their extreme, unnatural size.