So, there has been this commercial from Perdue chicken that got under my skin. You can watch it here:
Basically, it’s Jim Perdue and other “farmers” waxing romantic about great chicken and how awesome Perdue is to their birds and all the stuff they feed them. At the end of this commercial, Frank Perdue places a statement that they “believe in a better chicken.”
We have to believe in a better chicken because nature’s original design, before Perdue decided to throw them into CAFO-style barns and feed them only grains, were unsatisfactory chickens (Psst… chickens aren’t supposed to eat grains, corn, and soybeans. They’re supposed to peck around a barnyard and eat bugs. That’s right: bugs!).
Apparently though, according to Perdue, those chickens from the old days that wandered around barnyards and lived like normal, natural birds were completely out of line.
Before Perdue came along and “saved” us from those natural, normal, un-plumped-up, “sub-par” chickens, casseroles were awful. BBQ’s sucked. Southern fried dishes were inedible. Don’t even think about making soup. Forget about roasting one – it wasn’t all plumped up on an unnatural diet. It’s just not a good chicken breast unless it’s huge.
I mean, that’s true for women’s breasts, so it’s probably true for chickens, right?
And people wonder why we are so sick – we are eating the flesh of animals that aren’t raised the way nature intended. And we’re eating way more of it than we should.
Mr. Perdue, we don’t need bigger, better, booby chickens. We don’t need chickens that have a slightly yellow tint to their skin because they’ve been eating grain and marigolds. What we really need are healthy, happy, naturally raised chickens that roam freely around barnyards and peck. That’s all.