4-11-11: That’s a REALLY Big Chicken
Big Chicken is not an uncommon phrase here in Maryland, especially if you live on the Delmarva peninsula. It refers to the chicken production and processing industry that operates there.
A few months ago the Washington advocacy group, Food and Water Watch, put out a map that aggregated data from the USDA that it collects on commercial farming across the country. The results for broiler chicken production on the Delmarva peninsula as compared to the rest of the country were shocking.
We called Patty Lovera, assistant director for Food and Water Watch, to explain more about the map and what is shows for Delmarva. The takeaway? Delmarva is the 11th largest number of broiler chickens in the U.S.
So what are the effects of big chicken in such a small space? For an on the ground look at that this morning, we talk to Jennifer Timmons, Agent and Regional Extension Specialist for Poultry on the Lower Eastern Shore in the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.