On a recent episode of the Dr. Oz show the TV personality and entertainer made these claims, among others, regarding chicken raised and sold in the United States:
- Chickens are filled with a multitude of chemicals and drugs that makes them bigger than ever
- Chickens are bio-engineered
- Chickens are raised tightly packed together for 45 days
- Chickens are fed antibiotics and arsenic to make them grow faster and bigger
With eye catching visual aids (a clear liquid turning a blue liquid clear, beakers running over- representing too many antibiotics in our world; and two chickens supposedly representing today's chicken as compared to yesterday's) and an impressive supporting cast it seemed that the TV host was denouncing the entire chicken industry for producing chemical filled, drug laden artificial birds and foisting them off on an unsuspecting public as "chickens". Dr. Oz did note that four companies produce 50% of all chicken in the US; his comments were directed at these large producers but that focus was easily lost in the exuberance of his presentation. As entertaining as Dr. Oz may be to some TV watchers, did what he said have any bearing on Gerber's Amish Farm Chicken? Let's look at Gerber's Amish Farm Chicken in light of the TV shows claims:
- Are chickens filled with a multitude of chemicals and drugs that makes them bigger than ever?
Gerber's Amish Farm Chicken: No. Our chickens are fed a completely natural vegetable based diet with nothing added. Our chickens are processed young, weighing about 4.5 to 5.5 pounds each. Their size is a result of breed choice, good nutrition and good care. Drugs are not necessary to keep Gerber's Amish Farm Chicken's healthy because they are raised with good care and nothing artificial is necessary.
- Are chickens bio-engineered?
Gerber's Amish Farm Chicken: No. The implication here is that some nasty, artificial gene splicing dark science is used to make chickens. This is simply not true. Dr. Oz's good model chicken, the chicken of the 1960's, was what it was as a result of breeding. Chickens today are also what they are as a result of breeding.
- Are your chickens raised tightly packed together for 45 days?
Gerber's Amish Farm Chicken: No. Chickens must be able to move freely to remain healthy. Chickens are communal animals and are calm in close proximity to other chickens. A crowded shopping mall density is comfortable for a chicken. Given unlimited space chickens will cluster together. Gerber raising methods allow our chickens plenty of free room with the ability to cluster as is natural.
- Are chickens fed antibiotics and arsenic to make them grow faster and bigger?
Gerber's Amish Farm Chicken: No. Most of the chicken industry does use antibiotics and arsenic to support growth. Gerber's Amish Farm Chicken is NEVER given any form of antibiotic or arsenic. Our chicken's taste and quality are solely the result of excellent natural feed and care. This is what sets Gerber's Amish Farm Chicken apart for the rest of the chicken industry.