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Sunday, August 29, 2010

I saw some teve-program about growing your own food that claimed that "industrial" chicken ha less protein and more fat compared to organic. So I´ve been looking around for organic chicken and finally found out that I could order it through a vegetable farm/store that mediates for a breeder from down south in Sweden. It was two times as expensive a kilo than ordinary. I ordered two and asked some friends that ordered also - together five chickens.

Yesterday I went by car to collect them - forty kilometers north of the town I work in. The chickens were big, I paid close to 1000 skr for them. Called one of the other orderers and she luckily lived quite close to the place I was going to theatre at night - we met at a parking lot by the side of the road and exchanged chickens for money... weird, we laughed because this was a friend from AA that has been a drug addict and met a lot of people in parking lots, exchanging money for drugs.

This is far to expensive, timeconsuming and complicated to keep up. I doubt f the difference in taste will be worth all that extra work. I am trying to talk a friend into raising a bunch of chicken ourselves during summer but I was just told by my veterinary friend that raising chickens without a mother hen is hard because they don´t get the right knowledge to cope with living outside.

In climate preservation I am not sure that this way of eating chicken has saved anything, all that extra car transport has surely polluted a lot. And it is not realistic to spend half a day a month to shop chicken, I´ll have to search on for a more energy-sane way.
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  • INGMARIE
    Hello Meddypeddy , I agree organic is better, I am reading a book that Jillian Michaels wrote."master your metabolism"
    It has a lot of good info.(Im not too fond of jillian,her book is good)
    Is there no farmers markets or co-ops in the area where you live?
    What about the "torghandel"on weekends?
    3389 days ago
  • 1_AMAZING_WOMAN
    I would like to go organic, but it is difficult to get around here. I do buy chicken that is labeled 'organic' at the market, but still those chickens are raised all cooped up with inhuman conditions. Sure the chicken is FDA approved/ inspected, but really the FDA is not doing it's job as many of those chicken raising conditions are absolutely pitiful. I hate eating these chickens raised in those FDA approved facilities. Shoot, they even sell chickens that are even near dead. But, the thing is, I can't afford the time and money to trapse around the countryside looking for farm chickens to buy. Their are Menonites that sell in this area, but you have to put your order in 6 months ahead of time cause the demand for their stock is so great.

    So, I think I will go ahead buying chicken from the market (as much as I hate to), and concentrate on just eating as healthy (in general) as I can. Over-all, if I work on eating healthy that is the most important.

    Amber
    3391 days ago
  • JANLEEW
    Huge price difference even with the Co-op here in Seattle. I just try and buy the smaller chickens that don't appear to have been bred to produce larger chicken breasts. Unless you have another reason to travel that direction it doesn't make sense. Here a trend is for people to have a few chickensk (no roosters) in town for eggs. I just grow some tomatoes and lettuce! That I can control. Hee Hee.
    3391 days ago
  • JOCALAT
    Organic is expensive but eating with less pesticides and hormones is worth it to me!! Maybe if you use chicken has part of the dish rather the main star and fill up with recipes that use more veggies, whole grains ect it might help!!
    3391 days ago
  • TIGGERIFFIC123
    Organic would be nice but when it is not locally available, costs so much more plus the cost of gas and time and the pollution you are right the benefits do just not add up. Raising your own would be interesting but I would suggest comes with it's own problems. Wishing you luck!!

    Rhonda
    3392 days ago
  • KAMAPERRY
    I would love to buy organic, just can't afford it.
    3392 days ago
  • SPMOM2
    I agree organic is better, but way too expensive.
    3392 days ago
  • FIGHT2SURVIVE
    That idea scares me to death. There are so many diseases that animals can carry if not inspected by the FDA. I know much of the meat and poultry is injected with human growth hormone and also water but if you have a weak immune system, I wouldn't order that stuff.
    Erin
    3392 days ago
  • LRRSNDRS
    I agree buying organic chicken is way to expensive. We raise our own chicken and beef so we know exactly what they have been given.
    3392 days ago
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