When you have 305 million chickens on the Eastern Shore, that's a lot of poultry waste polluting the Chesapeake Bay.
Factory farming hurts poultry producers, consumers, and the environment.
Even under normal conditions, as the latest tainted chicken scare illustrates, we're giving food safety short shrift.
From dangerous new rules at slaughterhouses to the rock-bottom wages fast-food workers get paid, there are many reasons to lay off this kind of poultry.
The USDA proposal for poultry plants would make a bad situation worse.
As a visit to my Cluckingham Palace coop proves, small-scale chicken raising is compatible with modern city life.
Factory farms are animal concentration camps.
A flock of feral chickens has lived for years on (the appropriately named) Farm Street in the town of Bastrop.