Big, Fast-Growing, Deformed GMO Salmon Remind Me Of Turkeys And Chickens Bred To Be Big, Fast-Growing, And Deformed

What have we done to these animals? For what?

Look How Much Bigger Thanksgiving Turkeys Are Today Than in the 1930s, Mother Jones, 24 November 2014


[In the 1950s] turkey farmers began to selectively breed birds for both size and speed of growth — especially in the breast, the most popular cut among American diners. The birds grew so fast that their frames could not support their weight, and as a result, many turkeys were bowlegged and could no longer stand upright. The male turkeys, or toms, got so big—as heavy as 50 pounds — that they could no longer manage to transfer semen to hens. Today, reproduction happens almost exclusively through artificial insemination.

At around the same time, producers also began moving their operations indoors, where they could fit more birds and ensure that they developed uniformly, so turkeys’ feeding and care did not have to be individualized. In these close quarters, birds began to develop infections, like sores on their breasts and foot pads. To prevent these problems, and also to encourage growth, producers added low doses of antibiotics to the birds’ feed. Also because of space limitations, birds became aggressive and often resorted to cannibalism. In response, hatcheries began trimming birds’ beaks—known as debeaking — when they were a few days old.

These turkeys don’t sound appetizing, do they. I wonder if, after 50 years of eating big, fast-growing, deformed GMO salmon, we will continue to find them appetizing. Maybe we will long for the day when seasonal, wild-caught salmon reigned.

4 thoughts on “Big, Fast-Growing, Deformed GMO Salmon Remind Me Of Turkeys And Chickens Bred To Be Big, Fast-Growing, And Deformed

  1. Melinda

    Oh, it’s so pathetic for the animals, not to mention the growth hormones, etc., that people absorb from eating overbred fowl. It’s sickening what we do to animals, or should I use the industry term, “production units”?


    1. Bix Post author

      So, you know, how do they expect to contain them? Are they fenced in? A tank? As soon as you start concentrating a large number of animals in a small space, you have to introduce anti-lice and anti-bacterials and anti-other stuff. Right? And what about the poop? Do they swim in it? I don’t know. Maybe it’s someone’s job to filter the poop. Where do you put it?

      So, you know, they don’t get to swim hard against the current to spawn and die. Then. Right? Where’s the current in a fenced-in pool?

      What do they eat? Sheesh … I don’t want to go there….



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