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It might seem self-serving of us to pass on scary news about factory farming such as “Arizona Uranium Feared to Be Contaminating U.S. Beef Supply.” So today, we thought we would share more positive news. We read an article in the New York Times yesterday that says U.S. factory farms are helping consumers relieve their fatigue, headaches and congestion by routinely feeding caffeine, acetaminophen (Tylenol), and diphenhydramine (Benadryl) to the chickens that end up in our supermarkets. Chinese factory farms are doing even better. They feed fluoxetine (Prozac) to chicken to help consumers relieve the stress of all the scary news we read. U.S. factory farms also add arsenic to chicken feed, although we can’t figure out how that helps anyone. We have to point out that Steve Normanton’s chickens eat certified organic pasture plus certified organic chicken feed, which contains no medications whatsoever, so our customers will have to find other ways to relieve their cold symptoms, fatigue, and depression.

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Ground Beef Additives

There have been many news stories recently about the practice of treating beef trimmings with ammonium hydroxide and adding them into ground beef. And many prospective customers have been asking us for reassurance that our ground beef does not contain it. The answer is: NO! Our ground beef does NOT contain and never has contained any pink slime or any other additive.

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Trends

We announced in a newsletter last week that we have started taking orders for pastured chicken by subscription for 2012. If you are like me, it may be difficult to estimate ahead of time how much chicken to buy for a whole year. I went searching around the web for consumption statistics, and I found this interesting graph:

Holy hockey stick, Batman! Look at that chicken trend! If you extrapolate from this picture, we’ll all be eating 500 pounds of chicken per year in no time!

So what is the answer for how many chickens the average family buys today? It’s complicated. Of the 60 pounds of chicken meat (not counting bones) consumed per person, 48% is sold through restaurants. So on average, we eat 35 pounds boneless or about 12 chickens per person at home.

My family of four bought 40 chickens last summer (2 subscriptons). It is February, and they are all gone. It looks like we are ahead of the curve.

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