Friday, December 6, 2013

Dissing U.S. chicken

Marie-Luise Blue of Connecticut has posted an article on the internet that is highly critical of the chicken-farming industry in the United States, pointing mainly to manure pollution of drinking water and streams.

She begins by noting that per capita chicken consumption increased from 33.7 pounds in 1965 to 81.8 pounds last year.

The Canadian figures are 16.88 kg (37 pounds) in 1980 and 30.03 kg (66 pounds) in 2012.

Retail prices for chicken are more than twice as high in Canada as the United States, mainly because Canadian farmers have government approval to run a monopoly so they can achieve higher prices than American farmers.