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post #1 of 22
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So... in our neverending persuit of more profit

Chickens will now have their frontal lobe removed so that they can be grown/raised like vegetables.

 

I can see it now... the future of "chicken farming"

Giant stacks of chickens being fed thru tubes until they are ready to be harvested.

The scene will be similar to that of Neo being seperated from the matrix.

 

http://gizmodo.com/5888853/the-future-of-farming-is-brain+dead-chickens/gallery/1

 

This is wrong in so many levels

 

 

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post #2 of 22

Sounds like it is an art project.  Ie.  Probably meant to be satirical and to get people to think about the current industry.  Seems like the equipment would be too expensive to have the industry ever leap at it, so I wouldn't expect them on one's plate anytime soon.  :)

post #3 of 22

I don't see this passing livestock regulations 

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post #4 of 22

That just sounds inhumane! How could something like that ever be allowed? I really hope this is a joke and not a serious article.

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post #5 of 22

Only a chicken brained human can come up with chicken brain surgery. THe cost of the meat would be too high ,while the quality would suffer. wouldnt all meat be white then since no muscles are being used? and the chest , wouldnt it waste away?

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post #6 of 22

Aside from the "weirdness" of this, I question whether this would actually work and be productive. First, would muscle development continue at current rates in an immobilized chicken? Humans who are paralyzed will  show muscle atrophy over time. Secondly, immobilized animals (including humans) become susceptible to respiratory infections and pneumonia. Would this become a concern that would affect productivity? Third, would the cost of such a productive system ever translate to more profits? I'm thinking that more intensive input would increase production costs, and if coupled with potentially decreased muscle growth and increased mortality, this system wouldn't be cost-effective.

 

JMO.

post #7 of 22
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I don't see this passing livestock regulations 


 

Poultry are exempt from most federal livestock regulations with regards to husbandry, and the state regulations vary, so it is conceivable that SOMEWHERE in the US (and probably in many areas) this would be legal.

post #8 of 22

Sadly it actually exists. Very rare, but it probably is happening somewhere in hell.

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post #9 of 22

Just the thought of this is creepy IMO.

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post #10 of 22

 

 

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Secondly, immobilized animals (including humans) become susceptible to respiratory infections and pneumonia. Would this become a concern that would affect productivity?

Sadly probably not, considering how industry chickens are kept.  XP

 

This is interesting:

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps034

 

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There also continues to be a high incidence of the disease in commercial layers worldwide. The continued presence of MG in commercial poultry suggests that efforts at eradication were not highly successful. MG infection in the commercial poultry industry will likely continue and limiting losses will be the primary objective.

Not that I want them to try to eradicate it using industry methods...

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