For the context of this post, read the story found here.
I recently read an article on CNN Money about the USDA's recent $40 million purchase of surplus chicken from the national poultry supply. First of all, I wasn't aware that there was so much of an extra supply of chickens out there and second I wasn't aware that this has become somewhat of a normal procedure for the USDA (to bail out the chicken industry). Mainstream media does a great job of leaving out the hard core facts so we are left to ask more questions.
Now I am sure that the majority of the LocalHarvest crowd is passionate about it's mission to support and promote local growers but just in case someone stumbles upon this post, I'll elaborate. The chicken producers that were bailed out by this purchase are the ones who turn out chickens by the thousands. They don't care about the quality of their product. They care about passing the next inspection, corporate profits and even political connections.
The unsaid part of this story I believe is that a large portion of the US population is turning to small local farmers for their food needs.
Chickens from large producers are housed in inhumane conditions and fed antibiotics to promote quick growth. We small farmers are against this practice. We raise chickens by the dozens or in some cases the hundreds on farms that are run by our families. Our kids have probably fed the chickens you eat and spend time holding them, showing them to their friends and generally that we care for. We all have policies that creates the same level of quality we have for our what we eat as we know you have for yours.
Let's continue pushing our food sources back to the high quality it once was. Let's grow clean food!