Big Chicken- podcasts, books and our health

Confession: I'm a bit of a podcast junkie. Not only does listening to them teach me more about things in the world, but it keeps my mind occupied during manual tasks like moving hay, chopping vegetables or stocking wood. Gastropod is a fun one that I highly recommend. It is about the science and history of food. The co-hosts are entertaining and the episodes cover the topics in great depth. Their recent episode was about the newly-published book, "Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antiobiotics Created Mondern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats" by Maryn McKenna. 

I found the episode to be particularly interesting because it told the story of how, in a relatively short period of time, we got to where we are today with commercial poultry production. And it talked about how we are already on the path to making things better. I hope to discuss more about these changes and how we as Mountain Meat Share subscribers could influence this in the future. Sometimes it is easier to know how we got to a difficult place than to just throw up our hands and think it all sucks. 

 From this spring, here is Micah holding one of our Red Rangers on the way to processing in our Whizbang Plucker.

From this spring, here is Micah holding one of our Red Rangers on the way to processing in our Whizbang Plucker.

Of course, I also found it interesting because every spring for three months, Micah and I are entrenched in our daily care of our meat birds. For the last several years, we chose to raise the Red Ranger breed. They are beautiful, they do real chicken things like eat bugs and scratch around and chest bump (they are all males) and generally do chicken things. We have less mortality and less leg problems along the way.

I have been meaning to tell you about this book and this podcast for some time now, but this week Terry Gross on Fresh Air covered the same book and this prompted me to finally get out of the kitchen (where I am happy to be on this snowy, wintry day) and write!

Happy podcast listening!

March 5th, 2018 EDIT: The Splendid Table also featured this book here.

 OK, I didn't read the whole thing... yet.

OK, I didn't read the whole thing... yet.