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Consumer Pressure Changes McDonald’s Chicken Choices?

Consumer Pressure Changes McDonald’s Chicken Choices?

Tyson injected antibiotics into the eggs before they hatched so they could claim, the chickens were raised without antibiotics. Tyson takes questionable stances about what is and what isn’t an antibiotic.

If Tyson used less abhorrent factory farming practices, they might not need so many drugs for their chickens raised in sickening circumstances.

Tyson was one of the first companies to grasp the idea of advertising “cage free”, by putting all the chickens into 1 big cage (overcrowded barns) instead of individual cages.

The video on chicken farming will make you feel sorry for the chickens and leave you wondering about the humanity of Tyson and other Chicken Factory Farmers.

Sometimes companies change the wording on the package while continuing bad practices.

Sometimes they actually change. It’s hard to know which way they’re going.

If McDonald’s is sincere, we can applaud their first baby step and hope they grow into a company that serves mankind by providing healthy food instead of their current garbage.

Does anyone really believe healthy food is impossible?

McDonald’s Is Making a Great Change to Its Chicken

By Dr. Mercola

McDonald’s, the world’s biggest restaurant chain, has made a decision that many are calling a game-changer for the food industry.

McDonald’s announced they will only buy chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine, a change they plan to phase in over the next two years.

Agricultural use of antibiotics poses a direct threat to human health by promoting the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant disease—both in animals and in humans.

Antibiotics also contaminate the environment when they run off into lakes, rivers, aquifers and drinking water, further increasing the risk of drug-resistant bacteria.

Many are not aware just how significant a problem this is, as an estimated 80 percent of total antibiotic sales in the US end up in livestock.

Nearly 25 million pounds of antibiotics are administered to livestock in the US every year for purposes other than treating disease, such as making the animals grow bigger faster.

In other parts of the world, such as the EU, adding antibiotics to animal feed to accelerate growth has been banned for years. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been aware of the problem for more than a decade.

However, in 2013 they merely asked drug companies to voluntarily restrict the use of antibiotics that are important in human medicine by excluding growth promotion in animals as a listed use on the drug label.

This would prevent farmers from legally using antibiotics such as tetracyclines, penicillins, and azithromycin for growth promotion purposes. But it’s only a voluntary request.

Thankfully, large corporate players like McDonald’s can make a significant dent by voting with their purchase orders.

Is This the End of Antibiotics in Your Chicken?

We’re not there yet, but it seems this is a major change in the right direction. Please understand this move was a result in larger part due to your demand for natural, healthier food.

The company also announced it would begin using milk from cows not treated with the artificial growth hormone rBST, noting “these moves take a step toward better delivering on those expectations.”1

Of course, this is code for “help bolster our slumping US sales.”

Due to its sheer size, when McDonald’s makes a change in its food supply, it can have industry-wide repercussions.

When the company added sliced apples to Happy Meals, for instance, they became one of the largest apple buyers in the US.2

McDonald’s move toward antibiotic-free chicken will send their suppliers scrambling to meet the demand, lest they lose a major account.

And it will force other fast-food chains to consider similar moves.

As reported in TIME:3

“The decision on antibiotics… shows that McDonald’s still enjoys formidable industrial power. Few institutions can dictate terms to the powerful meatpacking industry, but that’s essentially what McDonald’s is doing here. And it means that other meat buyers will likely follow suit.”

The news is positive, but really McDonald’s appears to have made the change after being backed into a corner.

Many of their former customers have been flocking to competitors who already offer antibiotic-free meat and poultry (or have committed to it), like Chipotle, Panera Bread, and Shake Shack.

Chik-fil-A, which is actually the largest chicken buyer in the US, announced last year that they would stop buying chicken raised with any antibiotics – taking it a step further than McDonald’s…

McDonald’s Chicken Will Not Be Antibiotic-Free…

Read the rest of the article and see the other videos; BECAUSE, as long as mega corporations, who are protected from competition, can fool the population, they will continue to choose lying and propaganda over innovation, improvement, and worthwhile changes.

What we know and share with others is today’s primary tool to create a better world. We are the new system of journalism. The old one was turned to the dark side.

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