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Old 05-03-2012, 02:55 PM   #31
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if what a chicken is fed remains in it's flesh when slaughtered and sent to market, and happier chickens taste better, i wish there were slacker chickens.

you know, chickens fed pot, beer, doritos, and m&m's.


But, let's skip the Doritos. They have MSG, which gives me a reaction.
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:11 PM   #32
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:22 PM   #33
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What doesn't make you stronger kills you, or something like that.
What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. You were close, but no cigar. Nice effort.
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:31 PM   #34
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I live less than ten minutes from the Chelsea Produce Market. All produce from all over the world comes there for Boston and surrounding areas.

For the past couple of years, they have had a farmers market for local farmers. The area is not a very savory one. They are not in competition with the businesses there, as they service supermarkets, and other big food stores. And the public can not buy fromthem. All their food is in boxes or crates.

In spite of the location, the farmers market is doing very well. There is plenty of secrurity, parking and a large selection of foods. You just have to watch where you are driving. The big 18-wheelers always have the right of way. And there are signs stating so. The big drawback is the condition of the streets. Cobblestones. They force the truck drivers to drive slower. It is like riding on Buckboard Boulevard in a stagecoach.
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In my world, 18 wheelers always have the right of way. I know who comes out second best in argument.
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:33 PM   #36
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And that, my dear, is why I buy it from the farmer's market.

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I wish we had market here year around, but what do you do in the winter. which is most part of the year here.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:23 PM   #37
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I have a farmers market near my home that is open to the public all year, one day in the winter and two days in the summer. They have every type of vendor from agribusiness to city back yard farmers. Like some of the others have said, I like to hand the money to the person that planted and harvested the food. I also like to quiz the farmers kids about what the variety is and how it is grown. I do not get everything from the little guys but, I do the best I can and I am constantly finding new sources for things. I am glad I have the time to do it.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:48 PM   #38
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Of course what an animal eats is passed along to those who later eat the animal. That doesn't take any kind of degree what-so-ever to figure out.

"Grass fed" & "corn fed" have been touted forever as ways to describe the flavors and texture of beef. Dairy cattle injected with rBGH (the growth hormone which boosts milk production) pass those hormones right along to the people who drink their milk. Chicken is labeled as "open range", "vegetarian fed", etc. for the same reasons: what an animal eats (or what an animal is injected with) matters.

Educating yourself and making decisions about how your food is raised, grown and processed isn't about being paranoid, it's about being smart. Burying your head in the sand and pretending that things like this have zero effect on you and your family is exactly what the big-industry farms love to have happen; they have zero interest in our well-being and are focused totally on their bottom line.

Being a sheeple is dangerous and deadly, today more than ever. You obviously can't fix every wrong but I think the more people that are aware the better. More and more people are spending their food dollars in ways that support healthy stewardship of animals and crops. And I am one of them as often as I can reasonably be!
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if what a chicken is fed remains in it's flesh when slaughtered and sent to market, and happier chickens taste better, i wish there were slacker chickens.

you know, chickens fed pot, beer, doritos, and m&m's.
I don't know about the doper alcoholic chickens, but do you think that raising chickens on M 'n Ms could give us chocolate chickens? Mmmmmm! I could go for that!
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Our farmer's market opens this weekend. I am so ready for some fresh veg.
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