Posted March 05, 2019 07:23:08 The chicken business is changing in the United States, and some of the most exciting startups in the country are trying to do the same.
The food-service industry has long been dominated by one company: the chicken.
The U.S. poultry industry has generated $3.3 trillion in economic output, and the industry accounts for roughly 10% of the nation’s gross domestic product.
Yet it’s also become a hotbed of controversy, with many critics pointing out that the chicken industry doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to animal welfare.
It’s also been criticized for not providing the kind of health-care workers and food-safety standards that would benefit the industry and its workers.
But a new industry survey released by the nonprofit Public Citizen found that just 7% of Americans who identify as vegetarians, vegans, or lactose-free are satisfied with the quality of their chicken or eggs.
While the poultry industry is a hot topic these days, this survey found that consumers are also concerned about the industry’s practices, and have expressed a preference for restaurants that offer a more health-conscious approach.
A New Jersey mother who started her own chicken restaurant is taking her case to the media.
“I’m a vegetarian,” Marissa Martinez told the New York Daily News.
“I eat a lot of veggies, and I’m trying to figure out what I can do to make it more healthful.”
In the past, Martinez said, she tried to work with her husband to change her lifestyle.
“It took me a couple of years to figure it out, and then I tried to make a change myself,” she said.
“But I knew that it was not going to happen for the chickens, so I decided to just try and change it for the birds.”
But Martinez said she wasn’t always successful.
“There were times when we had a little bit of a crisis,” she told the newspaper.
“We went to the doctor and they said they couldn’t diagnose the problem.
They couldn’t tell me what the problem was.
I was just so frustrated that we were so frustrated with them.”
But she did start to change.
“My husband changed his diet, and he stopped eating a lot,” she explained.
“And I started eating more.
And I started giving him better quality food and he started giving me more.”
She said she learned to cook, which she credits to the “bamboo kitchen” at her husband’s restaurant.
“He taught me how to make everything,” she recalled.
Martinez, who works in marketing, said she also found her inspiration from her mother.
“She’s an amazing mom.
I know that she’s doing the best that she can,” she continued.
“As a mother, you have to do everything you can to help your children, and to help the animals as much as you can.”
The poultry industry doesn`t have the highest standards, and many critics point out that they are not adequately trained for human consumption.
But some animal advocates say they can help the industry get back on track.
“It’s a real opportunity for the poultry business,” said Dan Dittmar, the executive director of PETA, a New York-based organization that advocates for the welfare of animals.
“The industry is so understaffed that there’s no real training, and it’s just not doing a great job of keeping their employees safe.”
Dittman said the poultry and egg industries are also struggling with the cost of living, and that the costs of food, health care, and training can be a barrier to entry for new business.
“We’re not going into these businesses with our heads down,” Dittampar told NBC New York.
“Our biggest problem is the cost, and we’re not making enough money to cover our costs.”
He added that the poultry companies that have opened are working with employees to make sure they’re getting the kind and quality of care they deserve.
“Our goal is to make poultry humane, safe, and ethically produced,” he said.