|Jehovah-Jireh Farm Chicken||Grocery Store Free-range Organic Chicken|
|True free-range, pasture raised||
Large confinement factory farm chicken house with limited or no access to the out of doors.
|No Vaccinations||Many vaccinations|
|Practically no ammonia smell in shelter||Lots of ammonia vapor in the chicken house|
|Normal day lighting||Artificial lighting 23 hours a day|
|Small groups (350 or less)||Huge groups (10,000 or more)|
|Low stress in small groups||High stress in large groups|
|Clean air||Air hazy with fecal particles and ammonia|
|Fresh air and sunshine||Limited or no access to sunshine|
|Plenty of exercise||Limited exercise|
|Fresh daily salad bar (pasture)||Basically no greens|
|Local||Trucked in from out of state|
|Promotes family farming||Promotes large corporations|
|Rural revitalization||Promotes urban expansion|
|Consumer/producer relationship||Consumer/producer alienation|
Same environmental impact as conventional confinement chicken houses
The difference between the two is much more than the "free-range" grocery store label implies. The "free-range" grocery store chicken is not much different from conventional chicken, except it receives organic feed and does not receive antibiotics, or arsenic (fed as a growth stimulator!). A door may be open to let a few broilers out to scratch in the dirt.
Meat is much more than a combination of nutrients that we eat. All meat is not the same. We have been conditioned to believe that all meat is the same and that the main difference is the price. That is not true. Even though the nutrients in a downed cow and the nutrients in a healthy beef may analyze in the lab basically the same, the true nutrition is NOT the same! The same is true in the way chickens are raised. Just as we need sunshine, sunshine is important for chickens too. Just as fresh green vegetables are important in our diet, so fresh green vegetables (grass, clover, etc.) are important in a chicken’s diet. It is important that we get exercise to be healthy. So it is important that the meat we eat had the proper amount of exercise to be healthy as well. It is important that we get plenty of fresh air. In the same way it is important that the chicken meat we eat was not raised in an environment where the air was hazy with with manure dust and ammonia. We are what we eat. The way that the meat that we eat was raised is important. It has an effect on our bodies. That is why we, at Jehovah-Jireh Farm, go to the extra work to produce a product that is raised in the best way possible.