Know your farmer. Know your food. Part 1: Chicken

If you’re like most Americans, you most likely buy your meat at the supermarket.  But you might want to think twice before buying your next  Styrofoam-and-cellophane-wrapped chicken breast, because what we’re about to tell you may have you buying all your meat at local farms from now on.

The vast majority of meat purchased at supermarkets comes from livestock that has been raised on what are called Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), also known as “factory farms.”

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The EPA defines them as “a production process that concentrates large numbers of animals in relatively small and confined places, and that substitutes structures and equipment (for feeding, temperature controls, and manure management) for land and labor.”

Any animal that’s forced to live in such cramped quarters isn’t going to be especially healthy, so they’re given antibiotics, hormones, de-worming medication, growth-promoting drugs, and other medicines that help them reach their slaughter weight quickly and without getting too sick. According to a recent USDA Inspector General Report, beef sold to the public was found to be contaminated with 211 different drug residues.

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On the other hand….you can buy delicious, healthy chicken that doesn’t destroy the environment or your family’s health. BUY CHICKEN FROM US.

Our chickens are raised humanely on grass, bugs, sunshine and healthy food.

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Our chicken has a wide range of nutritional benefits. Compared to factory farmed meat, sustainable meat from chickens raised on pasture contains less fat, fewer calories, and higher levels of essential omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and other important nutrients. As an added benefit, our chicken is produced without the use of growth hormones, nontherapeutic antibiotics, or unsavory feed additives that undermine your family’s health. And of course, unlike factory farms, sustainable farms don’t sicken workers and neighbors by spewing harmful pollutants into the environment.

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But why does your chicken cost more than grocery store chicken? 

Unfortunately, it’s more expensive to raise animals sustainably than to mass-produce them on a factory farm (these industrial operations benefit from hefty government subsidies — and don’t have to pay for the damage they cause). As a result, pasture raised chicken costs more than the cheap meat churned out by factory farms.

Choose quality over quantity!

  • Better Taste
  • Better nutritionally
  • Better environmentally
  • Better for the local economy

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Why would you choose anything else but our pasture raised chicken?

 

 

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