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  • #16
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    For those of you who live near Trader Joe's, I was just there and delighted to see that they have free range, organic chickens.

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    • #17
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      Nearly everything at TJ's is still CAFO unless it's something specific like wild-caught salmon or specifically the grass fed beef and lamb from NZ or Australia (which they don't stock anymore).

      Per federal regulations, free range means there is a tiny door in the side of the huge barn the chickens are in so they can go out into a little mudpatch if they want. They are still raised at a density of 4 chickens per square foot. Organic just means they didn't put pesticide on the grains they feed them. Any claims of hormone free, etc. are BS because it's been illegal to use hormones on poultry for decades.


      Likewise with their eggs. Of course once you learn to recognize the color, taste, and firmness of real eggs, you can tell; it doesn't matter what they put on the label.

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      • #18
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        That's disheartening. But at least they're cleaner than a chicken I can pick up at a conventional grocery store, right?

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        • #19
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          Maybe marginally better? I admit that I do sometimes buy the chickens from Trader Joe's, and find them to be totally edible. I prefer to buy chickens from two of the guys at the farmer's market I go to (both supplement with grain when we're in a drought, but the chickens get raised on more like 100 per acre rather than 40000 per acre, and genuinely have room to run around, including sometimes out of the fence and near my car when I'm there picking stuff up), but they don't always have them with regularity, because area restaurants will decide to put chicken on their menu for a few weeks and buy up several cases worth.


          My key points would be to buy better if you can get it, especially if you're going to eat it all the time, but that it's otherwise fine for you. One thing you can do if you want to address the excess Omega-6 in grain fed chickens is eat less of the fat from those chickens (discard the skin, etc.), whereas on a real natural chicken you would of course eat the delicious skin.

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