Just another reason to pursue that “backyard chicken”



This article, and others like it,  is indeed a reason to be upset with Tyson, as so many of the comments in all the links suggest. However, we should have already been upset with Tyson! This is not new news or new behavior. If you don’t already know that the meat you find on most grocery store shelves is not an acceptable thing to put in your mouth or to spend your money on, then you have not been paying attention. I haven’t allowed a piece of the Tyson empire to cross my lips in a decade. Every single thing you spend that hard earn dollar on is a vote. Spread the word.

But, I like to use information like this as motivation. Motivation to learn to raise my own chickens. The dramtic change required in our food system is not the kind that will come easily. Honestly, I’d like to see the whole thing completely colapase and we could all start from scratch.  But in the meantime, the goal is to have the flock in place this spring….




Aubretia Edick has worked at a Walmart store in upstate New York for 11 years, but she won’t buy fresh food there. Bagged salads, she claims, are often past their sell-by dates and, in the summer, fruit is sometimes kept on shelves until it rots. “They say, ‘We’ll take care of it,’ but they don’t. As a cashier, you hear a lot of people complain,” she said.

Edick blames the problems on the store’s chronic understaffing and Walmart’s lack of respect for the skilled labor needed to handle the nation’s food supply. At her store, a former maintenance person was made produce manager. He’s often diverted to other tasks. “If the toilets get backed up, they call him,” she said.

Tracie McMillan, who did a stint working in the produce section of a Walmart store while researching her forthcoming book, The American Way of Eating, reports much the…

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