Thursday, July 28, 2011

Big Chicken: Pollution and Industrial Poultry Production in America

Fascinating article and interactive map and videos about commercial chicken factories on the Pew Environmental Group's site.

I am sure if you are reading this blog you already know all about the horrors of factory meat, but what this chart really points out to me, again, is how the only way to bring up farm animals successfully is in a closed loop agricultural system, which is to say by raising them on a farm.  When animals are raised as part of an ecosystem the waste issue goes away, the chicken droppings become fertilizer for the grass the cows are eating and pooping in which then the chicken go to three days later (I'm paraphrasing Joel Salatin here) and pick apart, spreading the cow patties while looking for maggots to eat.  A complete, whole system that big AG spends millions (if not billions) of dollars on every year to convince you and I isn't viable, when in reality it is the only viable, not harmful, not polluting, sustainable system there is. 

Certainly after you check out the above recommended site you will agree that factory farming has nothing to offer other then high profits for big Agricultural Corporations.

Remember: Eating is an Agricultural Act.

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