Remember Carole Morison from the documentary Food, Inc.? Back then she was a contract grower, which means that she raised chickens on her land but the chickens and their feed were owned by Perdue Farms, the third largest chicken processor in the U.S. That’s right: She didn’t even own the chickens, except for the dead ones.
Carole opened our eyes to the way that nearly 8.7 billion chickens are raised in this country. Tens of thousands of them are crammed into confinement and fed a steady stream of antibiotics to keep them alive. They’re bred to grow extra fast, which makes it hard for their bones and organs to keep up. The corpses build up quickly along with the manure inside the chicken houses, and growers like Carole are left to deal with both.