CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) is the standard livestock production system in modern agriculture. While it appears to be a masterpiece of economical efficiency taking a closer look shows the price that producers, consumers and animals have to pay!
Chickens in confinement factory farming are exposed to inherent fecal contamination their whole lives, which causes a whole variety of health problems. The fecal dust, which contains a high percentage of ammonia, goes into the air into the chicken’s lungs. This causes lesions of the respiratory linings, the fragile mucous membranes.
The birds live in those conditions from the day they are born until the day they get processed. They only survive because the receive antibiotics and hormones to enhance their appetite. Those hormones are filled with heavy metals and other additives which get stored in the meat. Therefore the meat becomes soft, water absorbent, lacks muscle tone and is toxic to environmentally sensitive people.
These conditions stimulate to create drug-resistant salmonella, which our bodies can’t handle. Those man made “super bugs’ are resistant to our traditional antibiotics and have come into existence as a direct result of factory farming.
FieldToFork’s birds get processed in a humane way that is less stressful to the bird and a lot cleaner than in conventional processing! By cutting their jugular vein the visceral nervous system keeps functioning. That way the hearts keeps pumping the blood right out of the body. Gutting and cleaning our chickens by hand keeps them extremely clean and the concentration of germs small. The contamination in hand slaughtered birds is about twenty times smaller than in their conventional processed counter parts.
In factory processing, the birds typically get electrocuted which reduces muscle contraction and the ability of the carcass to bleed. The result is black clotted blood around the bones. Mechanical evisceration of factory processing breaks open intestines and pours fecal matter all over the carcasses which gets absorbed by the meat. This is why those birds receive up to 40 chlorine baths which also gets absorbed by the carcass! In fact, up to 10 percent of the carcass weight of confinement broilers is a mix of this chlorine-fecal soup. Nowadays, irradiation is also used in confinement processing which is proven to reduce the nutrients in the meat.