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From farm to factory: the unstoppable rise of American chicken

How industrial chicken farming transformed an ‘alternative’ meat to the most consumed meat in the US

A century ago, Americans would not recognise our modern hunger for chicken. The year-long market for tender but relatively bland chicken meat is a newish phenomenon, and without it the idea of chicken cutlets, $5 rotisseries, or the McNugget would be a fantasy.

How did America go from thinking of chicken as an “alternative” meat to consuming it more than any other meat?

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