Why I Buy Organic Chicken

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Since I used organic chicken in my last recipe post, I thought this might be a good time to go into what is in conventional chicken, and why I try to avoid it. Conventional chicken farmers are constantly pumping their birds with antibiotics so that they do not develop infections that would cause their weight to drop. This is only because skinny chickens means they are losing profit. They are not concerned with our health, only their pockets. Researchers are very concerned however that our constant consumption of antibiotic-filled meat and poultry increases our likelihood of developing antibiotic resistance that could lead to future, more serious health issues.

Nicholas Kristof with the New York Times, claims in his article Arsenic in Our Chicken?, that conventional chickens are given active ingredients of Benadryl and Tylenol, arsenic, antibiotics, and caffeine frequently. Some chickens in China were actually given antidepressants!

Conventional farmers give…

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