Sunday November 19, 2017

10 Reasons why you should stop eating Chicken

If you think only cow or pig slaughter is bad, slaughtering of birds is even worse

Chicken. Pixabay

October 9, 2016: No wonder chicken is one of favourites worldwide, I mean, the dishes prepared with chicken and not the bird. Well, after knowing a little more about the bird, maybe you would think twice before gulping them down!

If you think only cow or pig slaughter is bad, slaughtering of birds is even worse. These birds are tortured till deaths, as there are very little cruelty regulations in the factories. While some of the consumers take solace in an “organic” or “free-range”, but the reality is 99.9 percent of the chickens raised in the United States come from the factory farms.



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Chicken is almost as intelligent as you are:

In an article in Scientific American,“The Startling Intelligence of the Common Chicken” says chickens are cunning, and they have communication skills on par with some primates. They use sophisticated signals to communicate with them. When making decisions, they take into consideration about prior experience depending on the situation. They also solve complex problems; empathize with individuals when they are in danger.
So, you were calling someone ‘bird brain’?

Gif source: Giphy
Gif source: Giphy

High risk of human exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria:

Chickens are raised for their flesh and are fed large amounts of antibiotics and drugs so as to keep them alive in such conditions which would otherwise kill them.

Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent document is made available due to Freedom of Information Act request which revealed, “none of these [antibiotic feed additives] would likely be approvable … for … livestock use if submitted today, under current FDA guidelines. Eighteen of the 30 reviewed feed additives were deemed to pose a ‘high risk’ of exposing humans to antibiotic-resistant bacteria through the food supply.”

Your favorite chicken is scalded to death before it reaches your plate:

Seven weeks after the chickens are born; they are crowded into trucks and are transported in the slaughterhouse. Millions of chickens, every year have their wings and legs broken in this process. In all weather extremes, they are trucked and transported, sometimes even over hundreds of miles, often without food or water.
At the slaughterhouse, chickens are hung upside down and their throats slit, and are often scalded to death in the de-feathering tanks.

Caged chickens. Pixabay
Caged chickens. Pixabay

Chicken: The harmless creature is harmed the most:

Chickens spend their entire lives in filthy sheds with thousands of other birds, living in place less than the size of a sheet of paper. Intense crowding and confinement often lead to outbreaks of diseases. They often have trouble breathing and because they are often bred to have abnormally large breasts.

Chicken with other birds kept together. Pixabay
Chicken with other birds kept together. Pixabay

Eating chicken is equal to eating poop: Click To Tweet

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study found, more than 99 per cent of the broiler chicken carcasses sold in the market had detectable levels of E. coli, which indicates faecal contamination.

Chicken farm. Wikimedia
Chicken farm. Wikimedia

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Danger and exploitation in the farms:

According to U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, people working in the slaughterhouses are more than three times more likely to sustain injuries than working in other manufacturing jobs. They are likely to suffer from a repetitive stress injury 30 times more than workers in other manufacturing jobs.

Slaughtering of chicken. Wikimedia
Slaughtering of chicken. Wikimedia

Chickens used for food are dying of thirst:

Chickens on the factory farms almost always become crippled because their legs are unable to support the weight of their bodies. By the age of 6 weeks, 90 percent of  broiler chickens become so obese that they cannot walk. Many crippled chickens  die when on factory farms.


Manipulative meat industry:

Companies labelling, “free-range” and “organic” mean chickens were raised without any cruelty which is not always true. Every year, millions of male chicks are killed in a high-speed grinder known as “macerator”, because they are of no worth to the egg industry.

Eggs. Pixabay
Eggs. Pixabay

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Motherly love:

Naturally, a hen will cluck to her chicks before even they hatch while sitting on the eggs but on factory farms, eggs are taken away from the mother soon after they are laid and placed in large incubator. Chicks will never be meeting his or her parents.

Chicks. Pixabay
Chicks. Pixabay

Killing the chickens leads to environment degradation:

Raising billions of chickens for factory farms produces huge amounts of excrement. Oregon State University professor of agriculture Peter Cheeke says they amount to “a frontal assault on the environment”. Chickens are fed an enormous amount of antibiotics, these chemicals are found in high concentrations in their farces, and leading to fecal pollution from chicken farms which is disastrous for the environment.

Chicken farm. Pixabay
Chicken farm. Pixabay

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

Raja Chari. Twitter.
  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

Tribal Farmers
tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years (representational Image). Wikimedia

New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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Number of Women in Workforce Falls Significantly in India! Why is it so?

Swati Sharma quit her job soon after her older daughter was born six years ago because of long working hours and lack of suitable childcare facilities. Women in workforce in India are facing challenges. VOA
  • India needs to reverse the declining rates of women in the labor market to push growth
  • An estimated 20 million Indian women have dropped out of the workforce over the last decade
  • Three of every five prime working age Indian women (26-45 years old) are not economically active

New Delhi, June 06, 2017: Using a work-from-home facility, Swati Sharma worked for a few months after her baby was born six years ago but quit when her company withdrew the option.

“They wanted people to come to work every day, it became very difficult,” she said, pointing out that child care facilities near her home in New Delhi did not have high standards.

Stories of women leaving jobs are common: An estimated 20 million Indian women have dropped out of the workforce over the last decade, both in sprawling cities and the vast countryside where fewer women now work on farms.

It’s a staggering number that researchers are trying to decode.

Indian economy is robust

Despite India’s buoyant economy, female employment has fallen dramatically over the last decade. Only 27 percent of women are in the workforce compared to about 40 percent in the mid-1990s. That is less than many lower-income countries like neighboring Bangladesh or other emerging economies like Brazil.

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A World Bank study released recently says India needs to reverse the declining rates of women in the labor market to push growth.

The study said three of every five prime working age Indian women (26-45 years old) are not economically active.

Higher incomes play role

But not all the reasons are negative. An era of high growth has increased household incomes and propelled millions of families into the middle and upper-middle class. The relative household affluence has given many women the option to drop out of the workforce.

In the lower-income strata, better incomes for farm and construction labor also resulted in many poor families in rural areas educating girls. As a result, the number of those between 15 and 25 years in school and college has doubled to 30 percent.

“Many of these young women who were working before perhaps out of necessity are now in school and building up their human capital,” said Frederico Gil Sander, senior economist at the World Bank in New Delhi.

More jobs needed for the well-educated

However not all women stay at home because there is a dearth of suitable opportunities.

“If you survey women, many of the women they want to work, but the fact is that not enough jobs are being created that women can take up,” Sander said.

Garima Verma, who relocated from New Delhi to Jaipur, says there are fewer job opportunities for women in smaller towns compared with the large cities. (Anjana Pasricha/VOA)

In an urbanizing country, while large cities offer regular jobs in services and manufacturing, similar avenues are not available in smaller towns.

Garima Verma, 32, for example, quit her job a year ago because she wanted a break. But some months later she moved from New Delhi to Jaipur and says finding a suitable job in a smaller city has not been easy.

“Lesser (opportunities) I would say as compared to metros definitely,” she said.

Indian workplaces can be unfriendly to women

But even in booming urban centers, women often find it hard to stay the course, partly because most Indian companies have rigid work structures and reliable child care facilities are few and far between.

Sairee Chahal, founder of SHEROES, a portal for women job seekers, said in an era of global competition, extended work hours have become the norm at most workplaces. And patriarchal attitudes in a conservative society do not help.

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“Firms are very unwelcoming around the need for flexibility, maternity is still considered a challenge. And while women have made it to the workplace, men have not picked up stuff at home and that continues to burden women at home,” Chahal said.

A need for more high tech jobs

The low participation of women in the workforce is especially surprising in a country where a large number of college graduates are women – women like Garima Verma and Swati Sharma, who both have college degrees.

“Even highly educated women are not working and this is in a way a form of a brain drain,” Sander said. “Only 34 percent of women with either a diploma or college degree are working.”

Pointing out that this includes a large number of women graduates in science and technology, the World Bank said India needs to create opportunities to tap this human capital.

Swati Sharma, for example, would like to return to work once her 6-month-old baby is a little older, but with working conditions in companies too challenging, she is taking a course so that she can teach “the only option left for me,” she said.

The World Bank said the key to closing the gender gap is to create more jobs, especially regular salaried jobs that are flexible and can be safely accessed by women.

But that is unlikely to happen anytime soon, warns human resources professional Chahal, and reversing the declining trend poses many challenges.

“We do have women who are educated – basically all set and nowhere to go, all set and no doors opening for you,” she said. (Benar News)

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