“Would You Really Eat the Chicken if You Knew the Facts?”
That’s a question that Food and Water Watch, a consumer watchdog organization, has posed in a comic video about a serious matter – the poultry industry.
The modern food industry is rife with challenge, both for manufacturers and consumers. Companies are under intense pressure to increase revenues. They do this by growing their market share, or by lowering costs. To lower costs, economies of scale are required. This translates to huge factory farms, where animals are treated as economic units, not as living creatures.
Beyond the ethics of eating animals, there are many other issues that come up:
- substantial environmental pollution from factory farms.
- antibiotic resistance due to the continual use of antibiotics to promote faster growth.
- the use of industrial chemicals when processing carcasses to eradicate pathogens, instead of creating a cleaner environment from the start.
- the poor treatment of workers at the processing plants.
Here is the video. Your thoughts are appreciated.