Food Security – Big Chicken 101

Go Lean Commentary

We gotta eat!
So we should always have access to foods that are “delicious, nutritious and taste like Chicken”.

So many exotic foods taste like chicken: sea turtle, alligator, rattlesnake, frog legs, iguana, etc. These foods are viable sources of protein, and commonplace here in the New World (Western Hemisphere). Still, for the un-initiated, they may frown on the exotic nature of these foods – they would rather just “Eat Chicken”.

Everybody eats chicken or poultry; it is the staple protein of the Western global diet.

The chickens are simple and straight forward to cultivate; they are the most docile of domesticated animals:

  • The females – hens – give eggs every day.
  • It takes 8 to 12 weeks from hatching to slaughter.
  • In some Third World countries, there is the iconic imagery of chickens on buses, trains, and boats; people take their chickens with them alive for their journey, but they might slaughter and eat them during the course of the expedition.

Poultry varieties – chicken, turkey, Cornish hens, pheasant, quail, etc. – are universally prominent in diets around the globe. Plus, there tend to be few religious restrictions amongst meat-eaters:

i.e. compared to Muslims who do not eat pork; or Hindus who do not eat beef.

This is not new; chickens played a prominent role in ancient life, medieval iife and the recent colonial life. But “something” happened in the 20th Century and now chickens are omnipresent – 9 billion are raised in the US alone – in modern life. What was the “something” that happened?

Big Pharma: Antibiotics or Steroids … in the 1940’s.

This is the science:

Too many fowls (chicken, turkey, etc.) together almost always causes sickness, disease and death. Something more is needed to bolster the fowl’s immune system to allow them to thrive despite the closed quarters, surrounded by thousands of other birds, and with minimal exercise/movement.

This pharmaceutical product offering – antibiotics – which emerged in the late 1940’s, allows for more chicken production at lower costs. Since the late 1940’s – early 1950’s – poultry (eggs and chicken meat) became plentiful for breakfast, lunch and dinner; daily if that is the desire.

Now, anybody, anywhere can deploy Chicken Farms, endure the 8 to 12 weeks growth stage, slaughter and eat chicken. (It is best suited for rural areas). See the “How To” in the Appendix VIDEO below.

Anybody, anywhere”? This sounds like a business model for rural agri-business, so that a community can “Feed Itself”.

“The Caribbean must be able to Feed Ourselves” – this is the theme of the teaching series for December 2019 from the movement behind the book Go Lean…Caribbean. This submission is the conclusion of the series; this is commentary 5 of 5 considering the Food Security and Bread Baskets for the Caribbean. The Go Lean movement (book and blogs) posits that regional stakeholders must have the priority for us to Feed Ourselves, rather than depending solely on trade. Other Food Supply considerations are presented in this series; see the full series catalog here:

  1. Food SecurityBread Baskets on Land and Sea
  2. Food SecurityTemperate Foods in the Tropics
  3. Food SecurityOpportunity: 1 American County in Iowa raises all Beef for a Cruise Line
  4. Food SecurityFTAA: A Lesson in History
  5. Food Security – Big Chicken

The Go Lean movement presents a roadmap for an Industrial Reboot of our agricultural footprint. This relates to the Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU) and how we can ensure Food Security for all 30 member-states by collaborating, integrating and leveraging – one community can service another. This way we can Feed Ourselves by creating our own bread baskets. This strategy allows for consideration among the 30 participating member-states as to who is more suited to ramp-up an agri-business eco-system. While we should be deploying Chicken Farms everywhere – in every community, in truth this is not always possible locally. However, there is the opportunity for a regional solution – one community can be deputized for another community.

All in all, our society must be able to Feed Ourselves and antibiotics-steroids help. But don’t get it twisted, antibiotics and steroids are not the heroes in this story; in fact they could be villains. See their historicity depicted in the book Big Chicken – consider the Book Review in the Appendix below and the interview with the Author in this AUDIO-PODCAST  here:

AUDIO-PODCASTHow Antibiotics Changed The Way The World Eats

How Antibiotics Changed The Way The World Eats

Posted September 26, 2017 – The Poultry industry taught us to want chicken more. Before the 1940’s, chicken was rarely seen on the dinner table.

Chickens play a prominent role in domestic life – they are omnipresent – but there are dire consequences from the excessive use of antibiotics. This is the peril of Big Pharma. This is not new! In fact, this is typical in modern life, “we” tend to go “2 steps forward, 1 step backwards” or worse yet: “1 step forward, 2 steps backwards”. We have addressed the dangers of antibiotics before; consider this excerpt from a previous blog-commentary from October 2014:

Antibiotics Use Associated With Obesity Risk
Big Pharma, the Pharmaceutical industry, dictates standards of care in the field of medicine, more so than may be a best-practice. (Picture the scene of a Pharmaceutical Salesperson slipping in the backdoor to visit a doctor and showcase latest product lines).
This subject of damaging health effects deriving from capitalistic practices in medicine aligns with Go Lean … Caribbean (Page 157), as it posits that Cancer treatment (in the US) has been driven by the profit motive, more so than a quest for wellness and/or a cure.

This is not the model we want to effect the well-being of our young children.

The Go Lean roadmap specifies where we are as a region (minimal advanced medicine options), where we want to go (elevation of Caribbean society in the homeland for all citizens to optimize wellness) and how we plan to get there – confederating as a Single Market entity. While the Go Lean book strategizes a roadmap for economic empowerment, it clearly relates that healthcare, and pharmaceutical acquisitions are important in the quest to make the Caribbean a better place to live, work and play.

We need more food production – this includes Chicken – in our Caribbean homelands. We import too much. Apparently, chickens can be hatched, raised, slaughtered and processed with little effort. Ideal for rural areas, there should be few “barriers to entry” for community stewards to launch this aspect of agri-business.

What could possibly be the problem?

There is one:

Agricultural pollution/odors – Normally limited to rural areas, have the potential of disturbing the natural beauty of the area or detract from the tourism/resort look, feel and smell. See the Appendix AUDIO-PODCAST below.

In addition, when considering any changes, there are always the “powers that be” that provide opposition; they profit from the Status Quo. Caribbean communities are consuming chicken – imported chicken, acquired through trade. To reboot the agri-business eco-system and foster a local industry will entail empowering new people-processes, at the expense of the old people-processes. This is the reality of Crony-CapitalismSpecial Interests that defy the Greater Good for personal gain.

Come what may, we must reboot. Change will come … anyway. We need to regulate, modulate and stipulate positive changes that society makes to ensure the Greater Good. This commitment might mean ignoring the Classical Economists and their Theory of Comparative Advantage – where greater benefits are derived to the trading partners by allowing the partner with the most value to execute the functionality – for a while. This Theory has caused globalization to run amok.

We may need subsidies to compensate and prop up the local agri-business establishments. The reasoning is simple: we must promote farmers and protect the independence of our Food Supply. We must unconditionally be able to Feed Ourselves … finally.

We must always be On Guard for the corruption of Crony-Capitalism. In fact, the issues in reforming and transforming our society to mitigate Crony-Capitalism have been addressed in many previous blog-commentaries; consider this list of sample entries: Opioids and the FDA – ‘Fox guarding the Henhouse’ Back to the Future: Textbooks or Tablets in School? Managing the ‘Strong versus the Weak’ – Lower Ed. Managing the ‘Strong versus the Weak’ – An American Sickness Managing the ‘Strong versus the Weak’ – Book Review: Sold-Out! Brazilian Shrunken Head Babies: Zika or Tdap (Vaccine Abuse)? The Downside & Crony-Capitalism of ‘Western’ Diets Crony-Capitalism of Drug Patents Carnival Cruise Onboard Monopoly – Ban carry-on bottled beverages Book Review: ‘Merchants of Doubt’ Documentary The Cost of Cancer Drugs – Pure Crony-Capitalism

As related in every submission of this Food Supply series, our intent – as communicated in the outset of the Go Lean book – is simple yet providential (Page 4):

The CU should better provide for the region’s basic needs (food, clothing, energy and shelter), and then be in position to help supply the rest of the world.

We gotta eat! Chicken is good! It would be a good business model – government policy – to provide subsidies to grow, harvest and distribute locally raised chickens – all foods for that matter – for the people of our communities. We would save on the “Foreign Currency” and minimize “Trade Deficits”. This would be a win-win all around.

We urge all Caribbean stakeholders to lean-in to this Go Lean roadmap … to Feed Ourselves … finally. This is how we can make our Caribbean homeland a better place to live, work and play. 🙂

About the Book
The book Go Lean…Caribbean serves as a roadmap for the introduction and implementation of the technocratic Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU), for the elevation of Caribbean society – for all member-states. This CU/Go Lean roadmap has these 3 prime directives:

  • Optimization of the economic engines in order to grow the regional economy to $800 Billion & create 2.2 million new jobs.
  • Establishment of a security apparatus to ensure public safety and protect the resultant economic engines.
  • Improve Caribbean governance to support these engines, including a separation-of-powers between the member-states and CU federal agencies.

The Go Lean book provides 370-pages of turn-by-turn instructions on “how” to adopt new community ethos, plus the strategies, tactics, implementations and advocacies to execute so as to reboot, reform and transform the societal engines of Caribbean society.

Download the free e-Book of Go Lean … Caribbean – now!

Who We Are
The movement behind the Go Lean book – a non-partisan, apolitical, religiously-neutral Community Development Foundation chartered for the purpose of empowering and re-booting economic engines – stresses that reforming and transforming the Caribbean societal engines must be a regional pursuit. This was an early motivation for the roadmap, as pronounced in the opening Declaration of Interdependence (Pages 12 – 14):

xi. Whereas all men are entitled to the benefits of good governance in a free society, “new guards” must be enacted to dissuade the emergence of incompetence, corruption, nepotism and cronyism at the peril of the people’s best interest. The Federation must guarantee the executions of a social contract between government and the governed.

xvi. Whereas security of our homeland is inextricably linked to prosperity of the homeland, the economic and security interest of the region needs to be aligned under the same governance. Since economic crimes … can imperil the functioning of the wheels of commerce for all the citizenry, the accedence of this Federation must equip the security apparatus with the tools and techniques for predictive and proactive interdictions.

xxiv. Whereas a free market economy can be induced and spurred for continuous progress, the Federation must install the controls to better manage aspects of the economy: jobs, inflation, savings rate, investments and other economic principles. Thereby attracting direct foreign investment because of the stability and vibrancy of our economy.

xxx.  Whereas the effects of globalization can be felt in every aspect of Caribbean life, from the acquisition of food and clothing, to the ubiquity of ICT, the region cannot only consume, it is imperative that our lands also produce and add to the international community, even if doing so requires some sacrifice and subsidy.

Sign the petition to lean-in for this roadmap for the Caribbean Union Trade Federation.


Book Review – Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats
McKenna, Maryn
In this eye-opening exposé, acclaimed health journalist and National Geographic contributor Maryn McKenna documents how antibiotics transformed chicken from local delicacy to industrial commodity—and human health threat—uncovering the ways we can make America’s favorite meat safer again.

What you eat matters—for your health, for the environment, and for future generations. In this riveting investigative narrative, McKenna dives deep into the world of modern agriculture by way of chicken: from the farm where it’s raised directly to your dinner table. Consumed more than any other meat in the United States, chicken is emblematic of today’s mass food-processing practices and their profound influence on our lives and health. Tracing its meteoric rise from scarce treat to ubiquitous global commodity, McKenna reveals the astounding role of antibiotics in industrial farming, documenting how and why “wonder drugs” revolutionized the way the world eats—and not necessarily for the better. Rich with scientific, historical, and cultural insights, this spellbinding cautionary tale shines a light on one of America’s favorite foods—and shows us the way to safer, healthier eating for ourselves and our children.

In August 2019 this book will be published in paperback with the title Plucked: Chicken, Antibiotics, and How Big Business Changed the Way the World Eats.

Source: Retrieved December 29, 2019 from:


Appendix VIDEO – How to Start Chicken Farm Business – Organic Broiler Poultry Farming of Chickens & Goats –

Young Entrepreneurs Forum
Posted December 5, 2016 –
Full Process of How to Start Chicken Farm Business. Start Organic Broiler Poultry Farming of Chickens & Goats.

Chicken farming business is a very profitable business idea in 2016 & 2017. So, if you want to start chicken farm business then, must watch this video for starting organic broiler poultry farming business in your country. Start Chicken farming in India.

[Need 15 pieces of] Equipment of Organic Broiler Poultry Farming Business – Chicken Farm Business Equipment.

  1. Feeders
  2. Heaters or Brooders
  3. Incubator
  4. Chick box
  5. Fly Tray
  6. Poultry Plucker Rubber Finger
  7. Egg Tray
  8. Poultry Incubator Controller
  9. Ventilation Fan
  10. Laying Nest
  11. Egg Scale
  12. Egg Washer
  13. Water Pots and Drinkers
  14. Cages and Coops
  15. Dressing Machine

If you’ve any questions related to How to Start Chicken Farm Business – Organic Broiler Poultry Farming of Chickens & Goats then, feel free to leave it in comment box. Thanks for watching chicken farm business – organic broiler farming video.


Appendix AUDIO-PODCAST – When A Chicken Farm Moves Next Door, Odor May Not Be The Only Problem –

All Things Considered
Posted January 24, 2016 – As farms move closer to residential areas, neighbors are complaining that the waste generated is a potential health hazard.

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