Chicken – the dirtiest meat

Now that's living in close quarters!

Now that’s living in close quarters!

Historically, pork was believed to be the ‘dirtiest’ meat. Recently however, chicken has been dubbed the most toxic meat.  According to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) chickens are being dosed with antibiotics containing arsenic, along with other animals which are being raised for human consumption. Roxarsone, an antibiotic commonly used on factory farms, contains significant amounts of the most carcinogenic form of arsenic.

USDA researchers have found that “eating 2 ounces of chicken per day—the equivalent of a third to a half of a boneless breast—exposes a consumer to 3 to 5 micrograms of inorganic arsenic…”Daily exposure to low doses of arsenic can dramatically increase the risk of cancer, dementia, neurological problems, and other ailments in humans. (Sikhnet.com) High chicken consumption can also be dangerous particularly for children, as the hormones present speed up child body development.

Not only is it dubious to our bodies, but it certainly is not beneficial to our environment. The resources required to feed, clean and treat animals for eating require a lot of energy and have a lot of waste byproducts.

Click here for more information on the effects of meat eating.

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About jensera

Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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