Poultry and Eggs

Poultry farms, in which chickens (or turkeys, ducks, or other birds raised for food) are raised for meat, eggs, and breeding, can be significant sources of pollution, and numerous concerns have been raised about the safety and ethics of meat produced in the “factory farms” (also known as “confined animal feeding operations” in the language of some legislation) that developed in the second half of the 20th century. Despite the promise of “a chicken in every pot” when Herbert Hoover was elected president in 1928, whole chickens were not a common supermarket item in the United States until the 1950s; roast chicken, like turkey or duck now, was previously a luxurious special-occasion food, perhaps served as Sunday dinner for some middle-class families, instead of ...

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