My dad and I have had an ongoing debate as to whether or not it's worth the time and cost and labor to grow out our own meaties. I know lots of people like to do it because they like to know what they eat or how they're treated, etc. But he insists on doing it because it's "healthier for you". I started looking into that claim for supporting evidence and... well, fell down a rabbit hole. There's actually not a lot of supporting evidence for the claim. I think the American Pastured Poultry did one study that showed better omega fat ratios, but as a skeptical consumer (let's all remember, I'm the chicken enthusiast here, just not the dietary purist,) that would NEVER convince me to pay the asking price for pastured poultry!!! So anyway, I'm submitting a grant request to do a study with conventionally raised (commercial grower, cooped,) cornish x head to head with cornish x on popular alternative feeding routines that are supposed to produce healthier meat. To me, it does SEEM like the results should be positive, and I expect the study to prove the value of these alternative niche production methods. What I'm having trouble with is picking the feeding routines to follow. I'd like to compare standard commercial production to: 1) Pastured 2) Fodder Fed 3) Organic/Non-GMO/Corn and Soy Free (???) Commercial Feed What I'm having trouble with is figuring out the details. One the Pastured group, I need a very standardized routine as far as what and how much regular feed is provided. I'm not sure if most small producers use conventional commercial grower or organic or something else. On the fodder, there is VERY little data available. Any kind of feeding plan involving fodder in an enclosed coop (no pasture) system would be appreciated. I'd rather not invent the wheel here. And on the LAST one...ugh. So many options. Blend my own feed, buy a commercial organic, to add on the corn/soy-free requirement, to offer pasture as well or coop in the same manner as the conventional birds? At any rate, the grant will allow me to test the end product for not only the traditional USDA nutrition label stuff, but really dig into other things like phytonutrients and fatty acids and really analyze which methods are working and then take the data to our buyers as proof of why its worth extra cost... and not just current buyers, but the press, who is really great at distilling months and years of work into one clickbait headline.