How Small is a Small Chicken Farm?

If you saw the film Food Inc. you saw the dark houses required by large chicken processors.  The Illinois River watershed in eastern Oklahoma is one of the largest areas in the U.S. for producing broilers (birds raised for meat) raising more than 8 billion pounds of turkeys and chickens annually.   The Oklahoma Attorney General recently filed a lawsuit against a dozen Arkansas poultry processors accusing them of polluting the watershed with bird waste.  Farmers claim if the suit succeeds it could drive small farmers out of business.  Some of these farms are hundreds of acres with over 100,000 birds.  When does a small farm become big?  Read more here and here.

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