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July 26, 2012

ABC News reported that there is a link between the antibiotics that conventionally raised chickens receive as a standard item in their diet and the increasing number of urinary tract infections in women that are not easily controlled. The bacteria (e-coli ) has become resistant to typical antibiotic treatment.

Why are antibiotics a part of conventional chicken farming? Antibiotics have been used since the late 1940s to help offset disease in the overcrowded conditions found in conventional chicken houses.  One unexpected side effect of using antibiotics was that the birds actually grew faster.  With the birds growing faster, they can be processed at a younger age, reducing costs. Those reduced costs, however, are only to the corporations who own the farms, not to the consumers.

When the mainstream news industry begins to report issues like this it is because the public interest has indicated a strong trend that people are concerned.  Please help spread the word that many local farms have free range chickens and local farm food is fresh and safe to eat!!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2012 8:10 am

    Thanks for this post. I’m reblogging.

  2. July 26, 2012 8:11 am

    Reblogged this on P. C. Zick and commented:
    Important message here, folks! Please share.

  3. July 26, 2012 8:16 am

    Which is another reason why I only ever eat organic, free-range chicken. Not to mention that battery farming is hideously cruel.

    • July 26, 2012 8:22 am

      A lot of vegetarians say they chose that lifestyle because of the way animals are treated in conventional farming. After visiting our local farms and actually participating in one 6-hour session processing chickens, I can say that animals can be treated with compassion and raised in a healthy environment.

  4. July 26, 2012 3:04 pm

    I haven’t been able to eat conventional beef since living near a feedlot. The wonderful difference in taste when we raised our own blew me away.

  5. July 28, 2012 8:53 pm

    I really didn’t know the difference between cage-free and the range chickens. Thank you so much for making this topic easy to understand. Oh and I love the “chicken yard” picture – it looks just like the side of a house where an old friend of mine lived in Tennessee. Very cool I feel like I am standing right there now. We’ve been buying the cage-free organic eggs (only a half dozen a week because we limit our egg consumption) but now I will buy from a friend who is raising her own chickens close to where we live now (in Clermont Florida). She said her chickens are very cool to be around, friendly, and loving.

    • July 29, 2012 8:23 pm

      It’s been fun visiting the farms with free ranging chickens. I could tell one woman spent a lot of time with her animals since they all ran to her when we approached and she hugged them and they did their best to reciprocate.

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