| I mentioned this in Saturday's Sampler Platter, but I wanted to expand a bit upon it. Our screwed up food system is not only killing us, it's also killing cartoon characters. The breed of chicken upon which Foghorn Leghorn was modeled is currently threatened with extinction, along with at least 65 other heritage chicken breeds, as poultry producers continue to focus solely on birds that grow the fastest on the least amount of feed.
The article goes onto mention that -
At least 19 heritage breeds, such as the white Delaware with the mottled neck, the white-egg laying Holland and black mottled Houdan, have been designated as critically threatened, which means there are fewer than 500 left. Dozens of others are in danger of disappearing without a market to sustain them.
If a human baby grew as quickly as a five-week factory fryer, he would weigh 349 pounds by age 2, a University of Arkansas study found.
The article also goes on to mention this scary fact -
Since the arrival of industrialized agriculture, more than 95 percent of vegetables that had been grown in the world have disappeared, according to the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture.
You'd think we'd learn a thing or two along the way...
The North Carolina group American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is currently working to protect these birds and other breeds of livestock and poultry currently threatened with extinction by industrial agricultural practices.
"Good quality, high-flavor food has always been a part of my life," Hayes said.
Let's hope it's always a part of our future generations' lives, too...