Which came first: Factory chicken farm or egg demand?

  • Article by: NICOLE WYATT
  • Updated: November 23, 2011 - 8:20 PM

We have become an urban society divorced from the practical consequences of our food-supply needs.

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DanielsonNov. 23, 1110:12 PM

What a load of garbage. I buy farm fresh eggs from a farmer that has his chickens running around the yard. Price, $2/dozen. The eggs are better tasting, the yokes more deeply colored and hand inspected. How cheap are we really, I have an extra quarter for the good eggs. Supermarket eggs expiration date is many months after they were laid, ish.

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IceMinnNov. 24, 1112:38 AM

My hat is off to Nicole Wyatt for her excellent letter. At some point the population of the Space Ship Earth may exceed its carrying capacity. It will then be a question of whether we eat or not eat.

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DanielsonNov. 24, 11 6:36 AM

2-5 cents more an egg will not starve anyone in this country. If you eat that many eggs that it will, you are going to die of cardiac illness. Buy eggs from more humane growers, the small amount of money extra is worth it.

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Don9539Nov. 24, 11 7:53 AM

Danielson - I do the same as you, but let's not kid ourselves. This will never be an option for all 7 billion among us. The author is correct, animal rights (and enviromental) activist should focus on population.

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SupervonNov. 24, 11 8:14 AM

I remember our free range chickens from growing up. I also remember the mice and rats that would get into the chickenhouses and eat the feed and drink the water. I remember hunting the raccoons that would catch the nesting chickens at night and the owls that would pick them off the trees where they slept. Oh, it was so much nicer then. I won't begin to describe the winter chickenhouse with the mites and other problems. But, if that is you want, I can make it happen.

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rogue37Nov. 24, 11 8:59 AM

The small to mid-sized egg producers were forced out in the late 80's. It was because there was no profit and very labor intensive. Now there are only big guys, just look in the mirror because you wanted cheap eggs in the grocery store. I suggest when you buy your free range eggs pay about 5 bucks instead of 2. That way they might stay in business. Instead of calling it quits with the novelety wears off.

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owatonnabillNov. 24, 11 9:18 AM

Such is the triumph of idealism over reality. These chickens as a breed didn't even exist 100 years ago, but are the result of selective breeding so that, in the right conditions and with the correct management, they are egg factories. I would prefer eating eggs from free range birds as I did in my younger years, but that is just not a luxury that most Americans can have, or even hope for--the expenses of producing such eggs on a scale equivalent to today's production from confined, managed birds would be multiples greater--not only would the space needed be dozens of times that from the confined birds but the actual collecting, grading and marketing of such eggs would be far more labor-intensive. I would never condone wanton cruelty, but the situation is what it is. Why would a major producer allow cruelty to his property that would affect his bottom line? The vast majority of these birds do not suffer at the hands of cruel workers. They ARE managed efficiently.

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fishrogerNov. 24, 11 9:18 AM

Finally, someone that is thinking rationally. Good article. I still say MFA and PETA have a bigger agenda. Sensationalism is always their tool to influence the masses. The best education for many people would be to go work on a farm that has livestock and actually process that livestock.

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jim4848Nov. 24, 11 9:41 AM

What I do care about is a safe food supply. Pulling dead chickens out of a cage that look like they've been there for months can't be good. Maybe we're not suppose to know how our food is raised but let me ask a question. What came first corporate farms or poison eggs, poision tomatos, poison lettuce, mad cow, poison peanuts. What we need is less regulation.

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tadpollNov. 24, 1110:01 AM

What a bunch of nonsense. They are chickens. We eat them.

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