Why I think it’s important to know where your food comes from

From this article:

At Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa, chicken manure was heaped 4 to 8 feet high with the access doors forced open by the pile of manure, allowing “open access to wildlife or domesticated animals,” the inspection reports noted.

Among the observations of the investigators:

— Live rodents and mice at both farms;

— Structural damage and holes in many locations at both farms, allowing wildlife access;

— Escaped chickens tracking manure through the houses;

— Employees not changing clothing properly when moving from one location to another and not sanitizing equipment properly;

— “Live flies too numerous to count” on egg belts, in the feed, on the eggs themselves at Wright County Egg;

— Dead and live maggots “too numerous to count” on the manure pit floor in one location at Wright County Egg;

— Nonchicken feathers in a laying house and wild birds flying in and out of two facilities at Wright County Egg;

— Manure seeping through the foundation to the outside of laying houses in 13 locations at Wright County Egg;

— Rusted holes in feed bins and birds flying over the feed bins at Wright County Egg

We can do better. We will do better. All it takes is enough people paying attention.

About J.

A former twentysomething with a head full of curls and heart full of questions wondering: when we get to nirvana, will there be food?
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