Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals is a triple marvel: the research is serious and far reaching, the writing clear, clever, accessible and in a few instances graphically ingenious, and the cause is genuinely important.
Intensive farming systems -- with crowded animals, ventilation systems, and huge collections of manure -- make industrial poultry and swine operations into breeding grounds for a host of perilous diseases.
Without getting into the gory details, industrially produced chickens lead a (how do I say this nicely?) less than charmed life. I outline your various options for how/where to get chicken you can feel good about.
"You can get a good horse -- not a 2008 model, but reliable -- for $2,000 to $3,000." I was even more enthusiastic when he told me that it costs only $150 a month to feed. "I spend about $80 a week on gas," I said.