I am going to write my opinion about Free Range Chickens and why you should only eat Free Range Chickens and not the chicken found in your local Supermarket or fast food chain. This is only my opinion so treat it as one mans opinion and nothing else.
In the United States, The FDA approved using arsenic in chicken feed because it allows the chicken to grow fatter, faster and gives the chickens skin a nice color. This allows the chicken rancher to feed them less and get them to market earlier.
The European Unions ruled that arsenic can not be added to chicken feed for chickens raised and sold in Europe.
The reason is simple. Arsenic is a poisonous chemical, classified as a Class 1 carcinogen, which means it is highly toxic to humans. While the consumption of some arsenic is unavoidable, as in what is in our water supple, ask yourself, how much is to much.
In 2012 we found out that arsenic had been found in our rice supply, including brown rice and organic rice. When the reports were reviewed, it was found to be the rice produced in the United States that was the main problem. Why? Because when cotton was being raised in the south back in the 50′s and 60′s it was sprayed with a pesticide that contained arsenic. This arsenic leached into the soil, where it remains. Rice is raised in water that allows the arsenic to enter the root system of the rice. Doesn’t it just make you want to run out and order Chicken with rice for dinner?
We won’t even go into the GMO corn that is feed to our cattle. The corn is sprayed with a pesticide that prevents weeds from growing. That’s another story for another time.
If you can purchase Free Range Chickens that have actually be raised on the ground where they scratched for seen and bugs, you will pay a little higher price. But ask yourself, is my health and the health of my family worth paying a little more? Remember, the rancher that produces the Free Range Chickens had to work harder, and keep them longer to raise them. As for the color of the chickens breast, they can get that color from eating marigolds just as easy as eating arsenic.
This is just my opinion, I am sure that there are many that will disagree with me, and they can share their opinions with you on their blog posts.
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