Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Chicken - Is Organic Important?

We’ve got a question for you. How healthy do you think you would be if you lived in a cage within a large sheltered warehouse, that provided artificial lights only, with next to nothing to do but eat and gossip, and you shared this warehouse with 25,000 other gossipers. How fat and emotionally unhealthy do you think you would you be? Seriously!

Welcome to the world of commercially raised chickens! Not only do they live under these conditions, but arsenic is a government approved dietary supplement for these poor chickens. Many producers claim that the arsenic does not end up in the meat, but in 2004 the National Board of Health warned that arsenic levels in chicken meat were a lot higher that previously acknowledged. When actual testing was done in 2006, it was found that three-quarters of conventional brands of chicken sold in supermarkets or fast-food restaurants contained detectable levels of arsenic, compared to only one-third of organic chickens. To be fair, we are exposed to arsenic in other areas, such as our drinking water, seafood, and building materials, so chickens are not the only source of this poison, but make no mistake about it – they are a source of arsenic in our diet.

Question number two: Have you ever tried to catch a chicken? They are super fast. They love to run and play and fight and be free.

Organic chickens that are afforded the luxury of regular exercise and arsenic-free food are sure to be healthier chickens, and in turn, a better source of meat protein for us, wouldn’t you agree? And maybe the 25,000 chickens caged sided by side in that large artificially lit warehouse don’t actually gossip, but seriously, what else are they doing in there – running in place and meditating?

To learn more, check out ….
To Buy or Not to Buy Organic by Cindy Burke

Coming Soon, as promised..... Oven Fried Chicken!


Miss Got Wings said...

I totally agree. I buy it more for the animal-rights freak in me. While I agree that they are a necessary part of our food chain, I also support them being treated humanely. And if it's better for our bodies in the end, then why not? I'm willing to pay a little extra for that.

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