Fun on the farm… really?

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Fun on the farm… really?

Fun Farms are no fun for chickens

Fun Farms are no fun for chickens

The Chicken Farmers of Canada have released a website aimed at children:

In a world of packaged and fast food, it’s more important than ever that everyone, especially young children, know where their food comes from. That’s why we created an interactive educational tool called Fun Farm, where kids can play games, download projects and learn about how their chicken dinner made it to their plates.

The site is basically just a bunch of games that attempts to reinforce the idea that farmers provide clean, controlled environments for their chickens. We are very helpfully informed that the chickens are given unlimited food and water. No one would ever claim otherwise, since you need to give animals food to get them to grow… right?

They don’t mention that chickens grow so fast that their legs can’t take the weight and often break or that the temperature needs to be controlled or the chickens would all die of heart attacks. Because of the size of their bodies at such a young age, the temperature needs to be carefully controlled or else they will overheat and die.

The most telling fact is that there is not a single picture of a real chicken on the website. At least not that I could find.


3 Comments

EKSwitaj

July 25, 2009 at 7:52 pm

And of course they have a teacher’s corner. It’s shocking how much of the “nutritional” information kids get in school comes directly from industry councils.

Johnathan

July 25, 2009 at 11:49 pm

They forgot the part about slaughtering the chickens. How convenient.

dawnofanewera

July 26, 2009 at 10:16 am

Yeah, right: dunk the chicken in the vat of scalding water while it’s still alive, kids!

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