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Will Our Time on Earth Be Preserved in Chicken Bones?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Scientists say a new geological epoch has been reached — dubbed the Anthropocene — based on permanent damage by humans to the Earth, including striking changes to chickens from the domesticated bird once raised in the mid-20th century
  • Broiler chickens raised today are sent to the slaughterhouse by 9 weeks, as the animals are bred with a genetic mutation to make them insatiable eaters, reaching nearly five times the mass of their ancestors
  • Raw chicken meat is particularly prone to contamination with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including Salmonella and Campylobacter. A recent outbreak of antibiotic-resistant infection from chicken reached 29 U.S. states
  • Chickens raised in factory farms are larger and less nutritious than in previous decades. Consider raising your own chickens or purchase your meat and eggs from local organic farmers

With each passing year, humans have a greater impact on the environment than the year before. Between 2010 and 2015, the number of contaminated waterways in India more than doubled and by 2015 more than half of the nation's rivers were polluted.

Plastics are polluting the oceans and waterways, and even the micro fibers and microbeads in clothing are increasing the potential for catastrophic environmental and biological consequences.

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