We already know that chickens are given antibiotics and that chicken flesh contains dangerous bacteria and feces.
But today I discovered that dead chickens are also pumped full of saltwater.
An unlikely source, chicken killer Foster Farms, is launching an ad campaign to alert consumers of this practice -- and, of course, to publicize itself as a producer of "natural" chickens. Natural, dead chickens. Its press release doesn't say why companies engage in "plumping," but my guess is that it increases the weight and size of the carcass.
It does say that "[t]he average serving of plumped chicken contains more sodium than a large order of French fries or more than 25% of the daily recommended allowance."
Of course, after the antibiotics, salmonella and feces, what's a little salt?
So if you want to eat healthy, avoid animal flesh. Eat a whole-food, plant-based diet.
Chicks on Film
Speaking of chickens, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in Woodstock, NY, has live, streaming video of five newly hatched chicks. A teacher was looking for a home for them -- the result of a class project. (Because what's better than teaching kids that living beings can be discarded?)
Check out the chicks and see how your chicken sandwich began. Then go veg!
(Image courtesy of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.)