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  • Good article on Foster Farms chicken

    For those of you like myself who can't afford organic, free-range chicken, here's an article from this month's Costco Connection magazine that should make you feel better about buying Foster Farms chicken:

    http://www.costcoconnection.com/conn...007?pg=27#pg25

  • #2
    Thanks for posting this article. Makes me feel a little better about Foster Farms. I try to get The Ranger Chicken (free-range) when I can (and who really knows how "free-range" it is), but only two places locally carry it. I generally turn to Foster Farms as an alternative since it is grown in Washington or Oregon, I figure going local is better than cross country in a pinch. This definitely helps ease my mind a bit.

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    • #3
      Even before reading, I am very skeptical of anything positive coming from Foster's Farms. Now I will read it.

      Read it. Nice puff piece put together by a well paid PR department.

      NO THANKS
      Last edited by Grol; 06-30-2010, 10:57 AM. Reason: for video link

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      • #4
        I can't speak for my company (i work at foster farms) My biggest problem is that they feed their chickens genetically modified corn and soy products, if you don't believe me email them http://www.fosterfarms.com/about/contact.asp and ask if they feed their chickens genetically modified organisms. I can't always afford organic either and i do on occasion still buy foster farms chicken they do have a good quality product but for the most part i try to find organic gmo free when i can. I will be emailing them further as a consumer asking if maybe they could start a gmo free line of products. And in the first paragraph of the article where they say they were expecting to see employees working in a mind-numbing processing factory type environment that was a complete lie, it is a mind numbing factory type environment it is a production facility and it is a downright lie to call it anything else. It is not your mom and pop butcher shop they try to portray in the article.

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        • #5
          Of course it's not going to be the same as buying it from Farmer Joe down the road. Of course I'd rather eat chickens raised on totally natural feed. The point is, many of us can't afford to eat meat with those qualifications. So until some rich philanthropist dies and leaves me all his money, I'm happy to know that Foster Farms chickens aren't debeaked and wallowing around in feces.

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          • #6
            It's a tough situation. As much as it's sad to see chickens raised in that way, it's pretty much necessary. If they weren't doing it, someone else would. The human demand for chicken, beef, and other meats is crazy. Can you imagine how much space would be required to be able to produce 1,000,000 free-range chickens per week?

            Although, if people stopped eating grains, it would make much more farmspace to let the animals run free.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dragonmamma View Post
              Of course it's not going to be the same as buying it from Farmer Joe down the road. Of course I'd rather eat chickens raised on totally natural feed. The point is, many of us can't afford to eat meat with those qualifications. So until some rich philanthropist dies and leaves me all his money, I'm happy to know that Foster Farms chickens aren't debeaked and wallowing around in feces.
              you should see the big ol scabs they have on their feet and butts FROM wallowing around in feces it's not pretty. just cause you don't see it in the foster farms tray foster farms packs it under another label that is convenietly affordable.

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              • #8
                So, are you telling me that the person who took the tour was led through a FAKE facility made specifically to lie to Costco?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by fufonzo View Post
                  If they weren't doing it, someone else would.
                  Apathy is tyranny's greatest ally. Sad attitude.
                  Apathy is tyranny's greatest ally.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dragonmamma View Post
                    So, are you telling me that the person who took the tour was led through a FAKE facility made specifically to lie to Costco?
                    Watch the video I linked to with a NO THANKS, a couple posts up. You can see them wallowing in feces with terrible sores. I hate to say this, but the piles of Fosters Farmers chickens squished into those watery bags in my grocery make me a little ill in the stomach.

                    I gave up chicken last month because the free range here is 8-9 bucks a pound. Yet, I just picked up 2 pounds of wild salmon for 10 bucks. I eat shrimp, scallops, cod, mahi mahi, flounder, sea bass, rock fish, etc. all for less than the free range chicken. I get the benefits of high omega threes and I lose the inflammatory issues of high omega sixes.

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                    • #11
                      Wasn't that video part of Food, Inc? It sure looks familiar.

                      Foster Farms has an agenda (staying in business), and the makers of Food Inc. also have their own agenda. (I believe their main motivation is animal rights, not human health.)

                      The chicken I've bought at Costco sure isn't squished into watery bags. Seems like good quality to me

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                      • #12
                        When I win the lottery, I'll worry about getting every single piece of chicken, beef, pork, fish, etc from sustainable/free range farms. Until then, Foster Farms chicken is tastier than the Kroger brand, reasonably priced, and pretty filling.
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                        • #13
                          Just FYI "free range" in the industry just means the chicken either can turn around in its cage OR has the cage door open for a specified amount of time, no matter what brand of chicken you buy. USDA organic also just requires 20% of the product to be organic. I've grown up around industrial poultry slaughter and egg production.

                          I have family members that work at Foster Farms in their Kelso plant and I have visited multiple Foster Farms plants on numerous occasions. I have never seen sick and crippled (much less dead) chicken unloaded from the trucks like that is shown in the video Grol linked. This is also incredibly biased as the video is made by an animal rights organization and there is zero proof that the chickens shown are raised by a farm contracted by Foster Farms. So believe a animal rights propaganda video that isn't sourced if you would like to.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by elkay7 View Post
                            Just FYI " USDA organic also just requires 20% of the product to be organic. I've grown up around industrial poultry slaughter and egg production..
                            Uhm.... that's not true AT ALL. it requires that livestock be fed 100% organic feed, and that multi-ingredient foods be 95% organic. Where the heck do you even get that from...

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