I’ve found yet another reason to get away from battery chicken eggs (and other commercially raised livestock). And – if what they do to the hens isn’t bad enough, what they do to the eggs we will consume is even scarier!
Found this while researching artificial incubation - http://www.love4myplanet.com/artificial-incubation.html, and I quote:
“Fumigation is another method of steralising eggs before incubation. Commercial breeders use a combination of formaldahyde and formalin to thoroughly cleanse the eggs but this is usually only done by large breeders in commercial situations.”
Remember that scary stuff? Stuff you preserve worms and pig fetuses and all manner of dead stuff with? It’s POISON!
Now, that CAN’T be good for you, your kids, or your pets!
Ever since reviewing City Chicks
by Patricia Foreman (Good Earth Publications), I have been getting more and more interested in keeping chickens. Take a peek – Chickens are cropping up in all sorts of quaint and whimsical back yard coops lately, in even the trendiest and most affluent of neighborhoods.
I urge folks to get to work to make sure more cities allow keeping of backyard microflocks of laying hens, and organic food producing gardens. The process of employing hens to compost, till, get rid of bugs and weeds and produce truly healthy, vitamin and mineral-rich, delicious fresh eggs, is described in detail in Pat’s comprehensive and delightfully witty book.
If you can’t find her book, try BackYardChickens.com online or talk to your local backyard poultry group (they’re spouting up all over the country!) Take a look at the gorgeous, personable and practical breeds – You just might fall in love with chickens in the process.
We have to take back our power, for ourselves, for our children, and for our living planet.
Free range chickens - Wikipedia, Public Domain
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