25 Jun '13, 1pm

The Technologies of Meat

Well, you see, because it’s real tough. You want to maximize everything, and so you make the life miserable for these animals. And there is abundant documentation of all of this. Let’s say, you know, these animals don’t even have enough light. You kind of keep the light subdued so they would keep as little active as possible. Because the more active the bird will be, the more it will spend on its own metabolism, and less energy will be put into that meat, which you want to harvest. So they live in the semidarkness. They live in these very crowded conditions. They are not what we would call the “free-range chicken.” You have the option now. You can go, and in many stores now you can buy free-range chicken, and you can have free-range eggs, but that’s a very small percentage of the market. So basically it’s a deprivation, right? If animals are too crowded in this subdued lig...

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