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How drugs pumped into supermarket chickens pose a terrifying threat to our health

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edited November 2015 in Science & Learning

How drugs pumped into supermarket chickens pose a terrifying threat to our health

By

Tom Rawstorne for The Mail on Sunday
Published:
10:27 EST, 10 August 2013

10:27 EST, 10 August 2013  from Daily Mail

Every second of every day, somewhere in the world the same scene unfolds.

A
batch of several hundred eggs, precisely arranged in uniform rows,
moves along a conveyor belt, coming to a halt beneath a machine linked
to a jumble of tubes.

Once
in position, the machine robotically lowers itself and then
simultaneously punctures each egg with a rack of hypodermic needles.

Through
these needles, a mix of vaccines and antibiotics is injected into the
egg — and so into the unborn chick inside, which three days later will
hatch out.

Danger: Drugs being pumped into supermarket chickens are posing a threat to our health

Danger: Drugs being pumped into supermarket chickens are posing a threat to our health

If the scene sounds like
something from a science-fiction film, then that is hardly a surprise.
Today, large-scale poultry production has precious little to do with
green fields and ruddy-cheeked farmers.

Every
year, more than 40 billion chickens are slaughtered worldwide for meat,
the vast majority of them intensively factory-farmed.

The
bottom line is profit. All that matters is the volume in which these
animals, bred to hit their genetically-modified slaughter weights within
35 days of hatching, can be churned out. 

Given the intensity of the production
systems (raised in sheds of 50,000 birds, each will be lucky to have the
space of a piece of A4 paper in which to live), the dangers of disease
are massively magnified.

And so it is to prevent this that the chickens are vaccinated before birth against common diseases.

They
are often also dosed up with antibiotics — a preventative measure that
is easier and cheaper than dealing with individual illnesses at a later
date.

Read More:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2388444/How-drugs-pumped-supermarket-chickens-pose-terrifying-threat-health.html

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  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Given the intensity of the production 
    systems (raised in sheds of 50,000 birds, each will be lucky to have the
    space of a piece of A4 paper in which to live), the dangers of disease 
    are massively magnified.


    Insanity.
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
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