Comments: Cruel to Be Kind


Barrett, ever since reading this Observer article (,9950,662799,00.html) I've been absolutely obsessive about making sure that the suppliers of my chicken at least pretend to meet the basic minimum. If they are labelling honestly - not that I'm in a position to know - the chicken I get is always grain fed, free range and (this is what I learned from the article) at least 80 days old. It turns out that even free range chickens are frequently fed growth hormones that leave them "mature" (albeit with legs that can't support their weight) at 60 days. As my consumer is a chicken freak this is an important issue in our kitchen.

I have found that there are small family farms that raise non-growth hormone and antibiotic, free range chickens, but unfortunately, they don't advertise. I have had to seek them out. When I meet them I have told them there is a great demand for their products and asked why they don't advertise, the cite the cost and they are content with the amount of customers that they have.

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