No more cheap chicken for me. I want to eat healthy; meaning, no GMO's, hormones, pesticides, plutonium, or whatever foul disgraces that some companies force upon these hapless creatures.
So we have, among other terms: organic, free-range, kosher, all-natural, farm-raised, grain-fed... what does all this mean? Seems like some brands truly deliver on quality, while with others, the soul-less marketing department has latched onto these terms as a way to get top dollar for their crappy products that are loaded with chemicals... and not a care for the health problems that they may cause.
Example: some companies will make a one square meter fencing enclosure, in a parking lot, available to a trailer full of 10,000 birds. Then, call them "free-range," and charge treble the amount.
I've been scouring the Internet, but--no surprise here--I am having trouble finding good information. For me, it's not so much about the labels; it's about the brand.
- What brands of chicken are truly the best?
- What brand have the best reputation?
- What brands feed chickens GMO corn?
- Do any chicken ranches post pictures of their facilities?
- Do any companies import chickens from China, or have farms there?
- Are there specific chicken brands that are known for falsely labeling chickens?
- Are there test kits on the market to check for different chemicals and hormones?
- Can chicken be soaked in brine to cleanse and remove chemicals?