Costco Doesn’t Want You To Know How It Keeps It’s $4.99 Rotisserie Chicken So Cheap, But You Might Want To

November 7, 2019 at 2:09 pm

There are steep costs to Costco’s cheap chicken, including antibiotic-resistant urinary infections in humans, unthinkable cruelty to animals and giant dead zones in our oceans

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.

2. Poor nutrition, obesity and diabetes

In addition to having fewer nutrients (400% less vitamin E, for example), factory farmed chicken has twice the fat content of pasture-raised chicken, and it’s not the good kind of fat.

The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in factory farmed chicken is as high as 9 to 1, a 2009 study found, whereas government health guidelines recommend a ratio of 2 to 1.

An increasing number of health professionals are writing books about the importance of maintaining an overall 1 to 1 balance in our diets.

Unfortunately, sources of omega-3 fats (found in anchovies, sardines, wild-caught salmon and krill oil) are increasingly hard to find in our modern diets, while we are inundated with poor-quality omega-6 options.

A 2013 study links the rise in the consumption of omega-6 fats to the rise of obesity and diabetes. Even exposing an unborn fetus to a high omega-6 fat diet results “in a progressive accumulation of body fat across generations” and an “intergenerational cycle of metabolic disease.”

Conversely, raising the ratio of omega-3 fats in our diets has been shown to protect against obesity and diabetes.

Traditional pasture-raised eggs and poultry were one of the few land-based sources of omega-3 fats, according to a 2010 study. But factory farming has turned these foods into sources of bad fats, rather than good fats.

3. Cruelty to Animals

I’ll keep this section short, as a quick search of “factory farming” on YouTube will show you more than you ever wanted to see. We all know birds weren’t meant to live packed like sardines in dark warehouses, suffocating from ammonia fumes from urine, and stuck in their own feces, eating a chemical-laden grain diet, pumped full of antibiotics their whole lives.

But Costco is taking factory farming to the next level. opening its very own poultry complex in Fremont, Nebraska, which will allow it to better “control the production process from farm to store.”

With 400,000 square feet of chicken housing (enough to legally house around half a million chickens), you can be sure it won’t resemble anything like a farm.

4. Indentured servitude of farmers

Most modern American chicken farmers work under a contract system that shifts all of the risk on them and most of the profit onto the corporation they work for (Tyson, Perdue, JBS, Smithfield, etc.).

They are often required to go over a million dollars into debt to get their operation up and running to corporate standards and then must follow strict rules on how to manage it.

“For all of the work the farmer does, he or she may only be paid 5 to 6 cents per pound of meat, and he has virtually no say at all in how they raise, feed or care for the chickens,” Jonathan Buttram, president of the Alabama Contract Poultry Growers Association, told The Atlantic.

These type of contracts essentially turn modern farmers into “indentured servant” or “chicken house janitors,” Robert Taylor, Professor Emeritus of agricultural economics at Auburn University, tells CNN.

5. Environmental Pollution

Chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides used on the grains to feed chickens and lagoons full of chicken feces are polluting not only the soil and air immediately surrounding factory farms, but rivers, lakes and oceans.

The chemicals and nutrients runoff into streams and rivers and are eventually carried into the sea, where they are creating giant dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic, where the American fishing industry is being destroyed.

So you’re omega-3 deficient chicken is decreasing your chances of finding any omega-3 rich fish.

Read more about this environmental disaster here, and enjoy your $4.99 chicken.

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