June 11-26 marked the very first Pasutred Poultry Week, a week dedicated to promoting the consumerism of poultry that is raised on pasture — chickens that live their lives the way chickens are meant to: scratching around the ground, eating grass and bugs and bathing in the sunlight.
Georgians for Pastured Poultry (GPP) teamed up with various local chefs, restaurants, farmers markets and poultry producers to use the week to inform consumers about their poultry; encouraging them to choose pastured poultry products over those that come from convential factory farms. GPP aims to make pastured poultry the number one choice for poultry consumers.
Wondering why you should make the switch to pastured poultry? Here are five reasons to get you started.
1. Pastured poultry is better for the health of consumers, chickens, laborers and the environment. (OK, this is actually four reasons in one.)
Chickens raised on pasture are given the freedom to live like a chicken should; they spend their time outdoors with space to move around and interact with their natural environment. They are therefore much less susceptible to stress and disease, which is good for both the chickens and people who eat them. Pastured chicken meat and eggs also have more naturally occuring nutrients that get passed to the consumer.
Laborers on pastured poultry farms work under much better conditions than those who work in factory farms; pastured poultry workers are not exposed to dangerous toxins and are not forced to work in enclosed spaces.
Poultry raised naturally on pasture reduces waste runoff, making for cleaner waterways. When managed correctly, manure from pastured poultry can be used as an excellent source of natural fertilizer — both pluses for the environment.
Chicken and eggs raised on pasture are simply much tastier than poultry products from factory farms. Their flavors are juicier, more intense, and all around delicious — enough said!