Here is a fun link: http://www.naturalnews.com/032659_arsenic_chicken.html
If you are reading this, you probably don’t need more encouragement to eat food primarily from farmers you know, and whose farms you can visit…but it might help you evangelize a friend.
I can imagine someone saying, “Well, now that they’re removing arsenic from the chicken feed, there’s no problem in eating the chicken from the store.” This person is not considering a few key questions. 1) If they’ve kept arsenic consumption a secret this long, what else is being hidden about their food or water consumption? 2) How healthy can an animal be when it is raised in a building its whole life, away from the sun, fresh air, and the option of eating grass and bugs? 3) Do you want to eat an animal that is medicated from the day of its birth (and likely given vaccinations as well)? 4) Should we pin our food security hopes on an industry that has proven itself to be unethical in its treatment of animals and humans?
I am sure there are more questions that need to be addressed, like the hidden costs Joel Salatin mentions in his writings…but these should get us started.