Watering Hole: August 30, 2010 – Eggs, How I Love Those Eggs

Eggs are one of my favorite foods.  Fortunately, I am able to buy local eggs.  I even get to meet the chickens.  When these chickens were just newborns, they came from a small, local breeder.   Sometimes, the egg farmers end up with one or more roosters.  There are no guarantees in this local breeding industry.  Often times, the roosters are raised by the egg farmer and if they become too much of a nuisance, they end up in the soup pot.  These would be fully grown birds.

In order to produce enough meat and chicken to meet the demands of the fast food chains such as McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken, factory farming of animals was expanded and became a big industry.  The supermarket chains also played a part in the creation of factory farms.

The purpose of the above video is to call our attention to the treatment of factory farm animals.  After seeing how these chickens are mistreated, it becomes easier to understand how salmonella can occur in the food industry.  More about salmonella and caged chickens here.   You can learn more about factory farms here.

Join the Slow Food Movement and whenever possible, buy local.

This is what a chicken farm should look like.

Those were some fine looking fat hens and roosters.  With this many varieties of chickens, the egg basket is probably filled with naturally colored Easter eggs.

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