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feeds would reduce some of the profit that American agribusiness firms can derive from vertical integration. At the moment, the most
common source of animal protein in poultry feed isn’t hogs or cattle. It’s poultry. Tyson Foods takes leftover chicken meat and skin and
intestines from its poultry slaughterhouses, ships them to Tyson feed plants, adds them to chicken feed, and then provides the feed to Tyson
growers, so that baby chicks can eat their ancestors. The Tyson feed mill in Buzzard Bluff, Arkansas, processes about 10 million pounds of
chicken parts every week.
The mad cow epidemic has greatly reduced beef consumption in Europe and Japan, devastating farmers who raise cattle. Livestock
practices that once seemed to be cost-efficient turned out to be disastrously inefficient. Feelings of anger and betrayal among consumers have
prompted a fundamental reappraisal of agricultural policies. Food safety, animal welfare, and environmental concerns are gaining
precedence over the traditional a...
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- Spring '08