Why the chickens are coming home to roost
Published 20/01/2012 | 05:00
• The most revealing aspect of the media coverage of the Rachel Allen pheasant controversy is how little notice the media generally takes of where the bulk of our meat comes from, ie, from factory farms. To focus on Rachel Allen's exploits is to miss the much bigger picture.
Less than a century ago there was no such thing as a factory farm.
Today, 50 billion (yes, billion) chickens are raised on factory farms worldwide. None of these birds can fulfil any of their natural impulses, such as nesting, perching, exploring their environment, forming stable social units.