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 green tea powder and coffee pulp to the chickens so that they stay awake longer and therefore are continually eating. The active ingredients of antidepressants, Benadryl and Tylenol given must be to keep them from getting sick and to keep them calm from all of the other things that have been pumped into them.
With conventional fruits and vegetables, peeling and washing greatly decreases the amount of pesticides and toxins. But with chicken and meat, these toxins are all through them because of the injections and exposure they have been given during their lifetime.
Organic farming does not allow artificial growth hormones, antibiotics, genetically modified organisms or toxic pesticides. I think I’ll stick with buying organic chicken.
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