"As demand for chicken meat remains far below the number of birds who are actually being raised and killed, rather than allowing the market to adjust to basic supply and demand principles, the federal government Monday announced it will buy $40 million of unwanted chicken products that will be dumped on our nation's school kids and others in federal food programs.
In short, chicken-meat companies have continued increasing the number of birds they raise for food while demand has remained flat. Normally, in a free market, an industry that produces beyond what consumers want will contract. But not the poultry industry. It instead relies on regular government support in times like these—and by that I mean nearly all the time...."
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Wow! I don't even know how to wrap my brain around it. Although it isn't really that surprising. I was always taught that if you don't like something don't buy it, don't support it, send letters, express your concerns and if enough people do just that, things will change. So we have opted out of the Confined Poultry Operations. We raise and butcher our own chickens (prior to that we bought only organic, free range chickens), boycotting the more traditional cheaper meat in the stores. And it seems so many of my friends are doing the same. Now to find out that I CAN'T OPT OUT! Even when we work so hard to opt out of THAT system, trying to change a destructive practice, the government is using our tax dollars to support the confined poultry operations beyond that which we already support. How sad that supply and demand is not allowed to play out. So chickens will go the way of corn, soon the tax dollars will pay for chickens that are not even consumed, just over production. The chicken over production will end up in all sorts of places we never imagined, just to try to make use of it (wonder if you can make a sweetener out of chicken parts....).