Fowl play: our insane poultry system and how to fix it

Why is it that poultry breeds in the US grow so fast and large that they cannot stand or walk properly, that they have poor immune systems, and they don’t provide good nutrition or even flavor? Andrew deCoriolis explains how we got here, and how we can find a better way forward. He is with Farm Forward, an organization dedicated to animal welfare for farm animals. We discuss the poultry industry, and the near-disappearance of the many healthy breeds of chickens and turkeys that once populated farms in the US. Now virtually all poultry are unhealthy, grotesque animals that live miserable lives and provide little nutrition or flavor. We also discuss the role of consumers, companies, farmers, and lawmakers to provide solutions to this currently unsustainable situation.

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