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What's (not) in your chicken?

written by

Ron Thieme

posted on

March 30, 2024

You might have missed it unless you pay special attention to these things.  Chick-fil-A recently announced a change to their antibiotic-free chicken policy:

"To maintain supply of the high-quality chicken you expect from us, Chick-fil-A will shift from No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) to No Antibiotics Important To Human Medicine (NAIHM) starting in the Spring of 2024."

Don't get me wrong--I really appreciate Chick-fil-A as a company, and I've been known to have a chicken sandwich from there a time or two.  In my view, they are a great company with a great product for their target market.

But this announcement speaks volumes about how chickens are raised in our country.  Industrial-sized chicken farms simply can't raise a chicken without antibiotics.  Crowding thousands of chickens into one giant building, where they never see a green blade of grass or a ray of sunshine for their entire lives is a formula for animal health problems of all kinds.  Relaxing their standards from No Antibiotics Ever to No Antibiotics Important to Human Medicine allows industrial chicken producers continue to lean on the crutch of antibiotics to overcome the weaknesses of their poultry management approach.

Our customers have taken the time to search out a source of clean chicken.  At Hoosier Heritage Farm, we have no need for antibiotics in our chickens.  They get all the "medicine" they need from their food and their environment:  non-GMO grains, bugs, worms, grass, sunshine, etc.  Everything a chicken needs to live a healthy and happy life!

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