Costco’s going to great lengths to keep its rotisserie chicken ultra cheap, including opening its own mega-sized factory farm, but the company is passing on hidden costs to its customers and society at large.
With over 91 million sold last year and their own Facebook fan page with 13,000 likes, Costco’s $4.99 rotisserie chickens have become “almost a cult item,” CNN reports.
But does anyone ever wonder how they can sell a whole, cooked chicken for $5?
Imagine the costs of raising a chicken from birth to death — hatching it, feeding it, housing it, medicating it, slaughtering it, packaging it, shipping it, storing it, cooking it and sending it through the checkout line.
How in the heck can they do that for just $5?
You probably don’t want to think about it, but… then again… you might want to… because it could have dire consequences on your health, and even the health of people who aren’t eating them.
Government-subsidized, corporate-controlled factory farming has made the seemingly impossible possible – feeding the whole family, without cooking, for $5.
It might seem like too good a deal to pass up, but let’s quickly review the real costs, which include antibiotic-resistant bacteria, urinary tract infections, diabetes, obesity, the indentured servitude of farmers, unthinkable cruelty to animals and giant dead zones in our oceans.
1. Antibiotic resistant bacteria and urinary tract infections
Between 1998 and 2011, the number urinary tract infections requiring hospitalization rose 52% because of an increase in antibiotic-resistant strains.
In the past, it was generally assumed UTIs were sexually transmitted or caused by poor hygiene, but a recent series of studies suggests the vast majority of antibiotic-resistant UTIs are a result of factory farmed chicken.
Factory farmed chickens receive loads of antibiotics to help them survive the extremely stressful conditions under which they are required to put on weight fast.
Drug-resistant E. coli strains from supermarket chicken were matched to strains found in human drug-resistant E. coli infections as early as 2005. A 2006 study confirmed humans could develop antibiotic resistance by eating poultry treated with antibiotics.
A 2012 study found close genetic matches between drug-resistant E. coli collected from human patients and those found in chicken in Canada.
A 2018 study found 80% of chicken, pork and turkey samples purchased from large retail stores in Flagstaff, Arizona, were contaminated with E. coli. The researchers found the same E. coli in 72% of the patients who visited a major medical center in the area for UTIs around the same time […]