Chlorinated Fried Chicken
Although I'm a southerner, a SE Texan to be specific, I'm not insane about fried chicken, absolutely do not eat baked chicken and pretty much limit chicken consumption to grilled breasts in salads or swimming in BBQ sauce. Growing up mama saw to it our home was a roast-every-Sunday household. Though not a chicken connoisseur there's been mighty few chicken-fried steaks I could walk past or pass expert judgement on, but beef is a subject for another day.
However like many of you I don't raise my own chickens, I'm a content provider not a farmer so I depend on buying chickens from the grocery store and now and then from local meat markets. But where are those chickens coming from?
'Industrially Raised' Chicken Farm
It's easy to imagine the happy family farm, the farmer and his wife and children up before dawn milking the cows, and feeding the other farm animals and the chickens and gathering their eggs, holding back a few for the families own breakfast. Quaint, Peaceful and Bucolic.
What I think of when I think of Farming
Recently during the discussions of the nuts and bolts of Britain's exit from the European Union the 'Brexit', information about American chicken farming practices came up. In the UK and Europe farmers are required by law to provide a certain minimum space requirement for each chicken to grow in and there are myriad other regulations regulating the health, airy and brightly lit living conditions for the fowl. To their dismay they found America has no requirements for chicken farmers providing light, and most hurtful, no maximum amount of level for ammonia which indicates how much chicken pee and poo there is in the living environment.
Our chickens are crammed together in the dark like sardines... so-called 'Frankenstein' birds pumped full of who-know's-what-all proteins, anti-biotics and hormones can weigh up to 9 pounds and can often buckle under their own weight, die before maturity, and then lay in the 'ammonia' where their flesh rots and festers.
While there is no law in the US regarding slaughtered chickens to be washed in chlorine and other disinfectants some 97% are.
One wonders which restaurants and groceries are selling that super nasty other three percent.
All this has been brought to light in the UK now that the prospects for American chickens being sold in Britain has become reality after the country completes its separation from the EU.
The Brits, apparently accustomed to comparatively pampered poultry from its continental trading partners, much of which are no doubt raised in the fairy-tale scenario described earlier, are aghast at the idea of our filthy crummy chickens showing up in their future omelettes as revealed in this Daily Mail article .
On second thought, I'm really not too excited about this afternoon's lunch any more either.