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What to Know if You Ever Want to Eat Chicken Again…


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It's still standard practice on chicken AFOs (Animal Feeding Operations) to dose the birds with arsenic. Arsenic makes the birds grow faster and helps control a common intestinal disease of chickens.

This means, among other problems, an ecological disaster wherever the poultry industry is concentrated. The Delmarva Peninsula, historically one of the most productive fisheries in the U.S., is now nearly an ecological wasteland. Researchers estimate that between 11 and 12 metric tons of arsenic are applied to agricultural land there every year through poultry waste, and arsenic in some household wells reaches up to 13 times the EPA tolerance limit.


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