03/04/2011 11:53 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Time To Stop Lacing Our Chicken Feed With Arsenic?

As a jaded observer of the meat industry, even I'm flummoxed by this fact: It's standard practice on factory chicken farms to dose those unfortunate birds with arsenic. The idea is that it makes them grow faster -- fast growth being the supreme goal of factory animal farming -- and helps control a common intestinal disease called coccidiosis.

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