Perdue execs are probably *terrified* that this video exists. Too bad.

I wasn't expecting so much bullshit in a video about chickens.

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At first, I was horrified after watching this video. However, my second reaction was: "Wait. Is this even real?" So I set our fact-checking team on the case. Here are six things they found:


1. For the first time in 100 years, chicken is the most popular meat in America.


Mmm ... delicious chicken.



2. These "biosecure poultry operations" (or, as you or I would call them, "farms"), where most of the chickens we eat are raised, are totally inaccessible to people outside the industry. And once you see what's inside them, oh wow, does that desire for secrecy make total sense.

Yikes.



3. The conditions these chickens endure inside these "biosecure poultry operations" are cruel and inhumane. These windowless sheds hold as many as 40,000 birds. The frustration of living in such tight quarters without sunshine or fresh air causes the chickens to peck at each other, which causes injury and death.

Trigger warning: some upsetting visuals below.

That is just too many chickens.

This chicken's belly has been rubbed raw from being confined in such tight quarters.

That is not how legs are supposed to work. Nope. Nope. Nope.



4. Because Americans prefer white meat, these factory-farm chickens have been genetically modified over the years to have abnormally large breasts, which is painful for them and taxes their hearts. Many chickens end up dying of heart attacks or even lung collapse. Just look at this image from a study by Poultry Science. That's how much chickens have changed since 1957. That's not right.

Chickens are just not meant to have breasts this large.

Noooooooooooo. :(


5. And what about sanitation in these jam-packed warehouses? The birds spend much of their time sitting on litter, which contains the feces of other birds. And sometimes the litter isn't changed for years. A 2006 study found that 83% of grocery store chickens were infected with salmonella or another bacteria called campylobacter, largely due to the disgusting conditions of the sheds they live in. The chickens can't survive these unsanitary conditions on their own, so the farmers feed them large amounts of antibiotics to keep them alive.

A rare spot of empty space. Filled with feces. Yay.


6. And by the way? That "USDA Process Verified" label isn't an inspection program. It's a marketing program that allows producers to make claims and create certification logos without actually having their farms inspected or verified. I mean, if it were an actual inspection program, would what you see in the video and these images actually pass? Hope not.

So what can we do?

Voting with our dollars certainly helps, but we also must be vocal about demanding better. More importantly, we must raise awareness since most people have no clue that *this* is where the chicken they're buying comes from.

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I'm staring at my screen watching the President of the United States speak before a stadium full of people in North Carolina. He launches into a lie-laced attack on Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, and the crowd boos. Soon they start chanting, "Send her back! Send her back! Send her back!"

The President does nothing. Says nothing. He just stands there and waits for the crowd to finish their outburst.

WATCH: Trump rally crowd chants 'send her back' after he criticizes Rep. Ilhan Omar www.youtube.com

My mind flashes to another President of the United States speaking to a stadium full of people in North Carolina in 2016. A heckler in the crowd—an old man in uniform holding up a TRUMP sign—starts shouting, disrupting the speech. The crowd boos. Soon they start chanting, "Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!"

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What will future generations never believe that we tolerated in 2019?

Dolphin and orca captivity, for sure. They'll probably shake their heads at how people died because they couldn't afford healthcare. And, they'll be completely mystified at the amount of food some people waste while others go starving.

According to Biological Diversity, "An estimated 40 percent of the food produced in the United States is wasted every year, costing households, businesses and farms about $218 billion annually."

There are so many things wrong with this.

First of all it's a waste of money for the households who throw out good food. Second, it's a waste of all of the resources that went into growing the food, including the animals who gave their lives for the meal. Third, there's something very wrong with throwing out food when one in eight Americans struggle with hunger.

Supermarkets are just as guilty of this unnecessary waste as consumers. About 10% of all food waste are supermarket products thrown out before they've reached their expiration date.

Three years ago, France took big steps to combat food waste by making a law that bans grocery stores from throwing away edible food.According to the new ordinance, stores can be fined for up to $4,500 for each infraction.

Previously, the French threw out 7.1 million tons of food. Sixty-seven percent of which was tossed by consumers, 15% by restaurants, and 11% by grocery stores.

This has created a network of over 5,000 charities that accept the food from supermarkets and donate them to charity. The law also struck down agreements between supermarkets and manufacturers that prohibited the stores from donating food to charities.

"There was one food manufacturer that was not authorized to donate the sandwiches it made for a particular supermarket brand. But now, we get 30,000 sandwiches a month from them — sandwiches that used to be thrown away," Jacques Bailet, head of the French network of food banks known as Banques Alimentaires, told NPR.

It's expected that similar laws may spread through Europe, but people are a lot less confident at it happening in the United States. The USDA believes that the biggest barrier to such a program would be cost to the charities and or supermarkets.

"The logistics of getting safe, wholesome, edible food from anywhere to people that can use it is really difficult," the organization said according to Gizmodo. "If you're having to set up a really expensive system to recover marginal amounts of food, that's not good for anybody."

Plus, the idea may seem a little too "socialist" for the average American's appetite.

"The French version is quite socialist, but I would say in a great way because you're providing a way where they [supermarkets] have to do the beneficial things not only for the environment, but from an ethical standpoint of getting healthy food to those who need it and minimizing some of the harmful greenhouse gas emissions that come when food ends up in a landfill," Jonathan Bloom, the author of American Wasteland, told NPR.

However, just because something may be socialist doesn't mean it's wrong. The greater wrong is the insane waste of money, damage to the environment, and devastation caused by hunger that can easily be avoided.

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