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Chicken Factory Farms Are Shocking

Updated on April 6, 2012
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What does Prozac, Benadryl, Tylenol, caffeine have to do with chicken nuggets, chicken in your grocery store, poultry in general?

In a recent John Hopkins study, this is what they found chicken factory farms were feeding the birds. The chicken farms are the huge industrial enterprises that mass produce chickens to consume, like Tyson foods, for one. The findings actually shocked those doing the study because they were only looking for the effects of the common use of antibiotics in chickens. The study did conclude that the items noted seemed to be harmless because of the small amounts used.

Chicken farms use arsenic to reduce infections and make the skin appear pink, however some findings produced Cipro, an illegal antibiotic because using breeds superbugs that can infect humans. Prozac was found in poultry coming from China (always read what country the food came from). Benadryl was used to calm chickens down as farmers found that a stressed chicken actually creates tough meat to eat. As for the caffeine, this is used to keep them awake, why? The less time to sleep the more time to eat making for nice fat birds to kill for human consumption.

Hey, I did not make this up! The study showed that 9 out of 10 chickens from the farms contained arsenic. Now, before you blame the farmers actually speading out the feed, usually the feed is proprietary and the contents are not listed, so, when the farmers found out, they, like us, were shocked. When the study was used to confront the US Poultry Association, they had no comment.

Those involved in the study state the more they research large food production of animals, the more likely they will buy organic meat, just to be safe, because no one really knows what, if any impact it may have on people.

Industrial food production is scary.


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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks Rajan, and i thought chicken was safe.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      perrya, I am a former poultry breeder. Though broiler chickens are bred to achieve maximum possible weight in the shortest possible time, it is just not possible to do so without a well balanced feed as well as an optimum environment, two amongst many other factors responsible for maximum growth in chicken. Of this, feed plays the most important role and therefore it is the one that is used to pump in some necessary and some unnecessary chemicals. Arsenic is one which is not imperative as an additive but is added as it helps in the chicken gaining massive amounts of weight in a short time. However there is a minimum withdrawal period needed to be adhered to, a minimum of 7 days in this case, which these chicken rearers do not follow. In case of arsenic, as with most others, it is absorbed into the tissues, hence necessitating the withdrawal period. Once the consumer eats the chicken with the arsenic still in the chicken it leads to a lot of health complications if such chicken is regularly consumed over a period of time, cancer being one of them.

      Having said that, it is still necessary to use some approved antibiotics and antifungals in the feed to keep sub clinical infections in the chicken at bay. This apart, feed contains a multitude of other chemicals. These are meant to increase the output for the farmer while at the same time posing a health hazard to the consumer. Striking a correct balance between the two is crucially important.

      Great info, useful and interesting.

      Voted up.

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      I've been hearing ugly things about corporate farms for a long time, both what they feed the animals and how the animals are treated. As I said in comments on my own recent hub "Pink Slime Turns Dog Food Into People Food," meat, poultry, and fish -- in short animal products, spread more illness and disease than any other food products.

      Thanks for the information. Voting you UP and interesting.

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      Mike Russo 

      6 years ago from Placentia California

      When I was growing up, my Dad had a live poultry hauling business. We had 14 trucks and batteries to hold chickens that were waiting to go to market. The business model was, the trucks would go out to the chicken ranches and load the chickens. They would then be brought back to the yard and put in the batteries and held and fed there until they could be marketed to the processing plants.

      I remember in the 1950's, as a teenager going to the farmers and help injecting thousands of chickens with vaccines to prevent them from becoming sick.

      Also there was a procedure called caponizing, where a harmone pill was injected into the chicken's neck to make them grow faster and much larger. The USDA and the FDA found that the harmone was a carcinogen and they stopped doing it. The chickens that were caponized were called capons. They would grow extremly fast and large. Thanks for SHARING. It brings back old memories.

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      6 years ago from Canada

      Unfortunately, the chemicals, pesticides, GMOs and all other things that are done to "produce" the food can not be avoided -- this includes organic. There is no way to control what has been dumped or leeched into the ground water. Water used for plants and animals alike.

      Try this little experiment with organic romaine lettuce: rinse it, cut off the stale ends, place in a plastic bag and place this in your refrigerator. The lettuce will not wilt, discolor or go bad for three weeks. Try this with regular romaine letter. Same results.

      I grew up on fresh garden vegetables and fruit. I know that when a plant is pulled from the garden, washed, trimmed and placed in a plastic bag, there is no way it will last more than two days without showing signs of deteriorating.

      Humans are not only destroying the earth around them, we are destroying ourselves with these practices of injecting our food with poisons that were never meant to be in the animal/plant nor in humans. Eventually, we will just kills ourselves.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      I have steered away from meat, now chicken? fish is an iffy also.

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      6 years ago


      Another great Hub though!

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      Marc Woodard 

      6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I've written many articles on how our genetic engineered foods are manipulated by man at every level of our agriculture-livestock food production. And then processed/warehoused and transported to meet the global fast/processed food demand with long shelf life.

      And in order to meet this commercial food production demand requires a massive amount of chemical additives, decontaminants,genetically manipulated organisms, preservatives, anti-biotics, hormones and pharmaceuticals to make it all happen.

      We then wonder why we can't lose weight, why cancer, diabetes, digestive and congenital heart and other organ failure rates are up. And why we need a pharmaceutical to counter the drugs in the foods that are making us ill.

      Another thought, think this food and illness loop has anything to do with escalating health care costs? Great hub... The truth is an eye opener.


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