I opened my email this morning to a headline about a food I'm probably eating several times a week, but that is incredibly dangerous. Curious, I clicked on the link. It was an article about chicken raised in a confined animal feedlot operation, which is where most of the chicken that Americans eat does come from.
I don't eat chicken from a CAFO. In fact, my backyard, this time of year, is a poop jungle. We don't even mow back there anymore, because, mostly, there's no grass. There are lots of other wonderful green things growing, not that we can eat any of them, because they're covered with poop, and I've given up trying to plant the several garden beds I have back there, because the plants just get trampled and pooped on, or dug up and eaten.
When I've spent a couple of hours planting seeds, only to find the tender greens munched by my chickens, I question the wisdom of having those damn birds back there, but then, I read an article, like the one linked above, and I know that it's a good thing. I am doing the best I can for myself and my family, and if it means that I have to be more creative in my planting to ensure that I get to harvest the plants, it's totally worth it.
And about that poop field of a backyard ... we have the greenest groundcover in the neighborhood. It's not all grass, but it's all beautifully green. I guess a heavy infusion of nitrogen in the soil will do that.