What kind of chicken do you consume?











If you are like the average person who regularly consumes chicken, you probably purchase it at your local grocery store. According to Agriculture Canada (http://www.agr.gc.ca/poultry/consm_eng.htm) we consumed 31.22 kg or 69 lbs. of chicken per person in 2011. That is up from 16.88 kg in 1980. We eat a lot of chicken!

Why is this important? Most chickens are routinely fed antibiotics on a preventative basis and this can lead to antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics also increase weight and allow farmers to bring an animal to market sooner, thereby reducing their costs. Microbes and pathogens are incredibly resiliant to antibiotics and many survive despite our best efforts. Did you know the majority of antibiotics produced in North America are routinely fed to farm animals?

Superbugs, which are resistant to antibiotics, are breeding in our meats, in particular chicken, and are being transmitted to humans in the form of E. coli. The same E. coli that shows up in chicken meat is also being found in human infections! For a short video clip with more details you can watch – http://www.therealfoodchannel.com/videos/the-food-industry/antibiotics-in-chicken-causing-new-infections.html 
So, if you are someone who finds yourself on too many antibiotics for recurring infections, you might want to stop and think about where your food is coming from. Of course, there is a lot more to building up one’s immunity than looking at what kind of chicken you are eating, but this could be factor.
So what is a person to do – give up chicken? If that is too extreme for you, please consider purchasing antibiotic free chicken. Presidents Choice has a line of “Free From” meats, including chicken, but you might want to know that superbugs were found in a 2011 sample and the company refused interview requests by CBC’s Marketplace – http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/2011/superbugsinthesupermarket/loblaws.html
What does that mean? I am not sure – you be the judge.
Okay, that leaves organic chicken, which by definition cannot be given antibiotics. You don’t have to be someone who is always sick to start thinking about your food choices though. I know it is more expensive. What if you were to cut back on your chicken consumption and consider eating vegetarian a few times a week? Maybe then you could afford to go to the natural food market and purchase organic chicken. That could go a long way to reducing your antibiotic exposure, be great for the environment and if you do it right, it could be excellent for your health! I call that a win, win.
Only those, who have lost their health, can truly understand the value of it. The rest of us typically take it for granted, until it is threatened one day. Why wait?

Not sure how to eat vegetarian or even vegan the right way? Get in touch with me and I can help!


3 thoughts on “What kind of chicken do you consume?

  1. Please consider reading ‘Healthy Eating, Healthy World’ by J. Morris Hicks. It will change your life. The book discusses the looming demise of the human race if we continue with our present life-style. 70% of food grown is fed to livestock and fowl. According to Hicks, “By cycling our grain through livestock we waste 90 percent of its protein, 96 percent of its calories, 100 percent of its fiber, and 100 percent of its carbohydrates. Further, to feed a single person the typical Western diet (heavy with animal products) for a year requires 3.25 acres of arable land. To feed one vegan requires about one-sixth of an acre. Thus, with the vegan diet, you can feed about twenty people with the same amount of land that is required to feed one person with the typical Western diet.” Hicks goes on to say that there are theoretically 1.15 acres of arable land currently available per person in the world. Choosing carefully what we eat is indeed the single greatest contribution we can make towards ensuring the survival of our species. Please consider eating a whole food organic vegan diet. It’s also delicious and the best choice from a health point of view.

    • I gave up meat first, then pork, 10 – 15 years ago, chicken several years later & fish, just two years ago. Why? It was for a number of reasons: primarily ethical & environmental. During those times, there was not the concern we see today regarding antibiotic or hormone use in livestock or fish. We were not aware of such things as farmed fish or GMO foods. How times have changed. Big pharma corporations, big agri conglomerations & factory farms have sadly, become the norm. Pity the poor farmers who attempt to make a go of it on their own. The government is, regrettably, more interested in supporting these multinational companies than home-grown, small businesses with an interest in healthy local economies.
      Most folks blithely go about their business, innocently believing their grocery purchases will fill their bellies with nourishing food. How are they to know they are consuming frankenfood? Although our reasoned voice is becoming increasingly louder, still not enough of us are aware. Many claim they can’t afford organic or free range foods. My question is: how can they not afford good health? Although I can’t lay claim to perfection in my own food choices (after all, I am human & occasionally succumb to temptation), on the whole my choices are measured & responsible. People often comment on my appearance & my food preference, especially at work – I know it’s because of past & current food, as well as lifestyle decisions that I am as healthy as I am & my skin glows. No GMO or anti-biotic, hormone laden products for me or my family. That’s my decision, today & always.

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