What Is Organic Chicken?

Overview

Organic chicken has fast become a popular alternative to farmed chicken. News reports and accounts of the unhealthy and inhumane conditions that commercially-raised chickens are often subjected to have many consumers purchasing organic chickens.

Significance

Food poisoning can and does result from chickens sickened by disease, unhealthy conditions, food and improper handling. Salmonella is a widespread bacteria often found in chickens. It can cause fever, diarrhea, a weakened immune system, and may even be life threatening.

Considerations

Organic farmers are legally monitored, licensed businesses and inspected at least once a year. They give their chickens feed made of specially formulated cereal, vegetable protein and small amounts of vitamin, mineral and fish meal.

Features

Organic chickens are guaranteed to be fed feed that has not been genetically modified. Also, the chickens are not given drugs or antibiotics.

Effects

Organic chicken farmers do not use chemicals to fertilize or to kill weeds on the grounds, and they keep surrounding areas natural and safe. They do not subject the chickens to cramped or overcrowded conditions.

Benefits

There are no known nutritional benefits to consuming organic chickens over farm-raised chickens. Some say organic chickens taste better. They are usually more expensive than conventional chickens.

Identification

Organic chickens will be labeled with the USDA Organic Seal. Chickens labeled all range, free range, and hormone-free are not necessarily organic.

References

  • Food Poisoning
  • Mayo Clinic: Organic Foods
  • Organic Chicken Farming
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