It may be hard to believe, but over the last 60 years, arsenic has become a routine part of a chicken's diet. Originally it was used to treat intestinal disease in broiler chickens, but now it is added to feed to promote growth and improve meat pigmentation.
New scientific research reveals that arsenic in poultry feed poses significant risk for both human health and the environment. It ends up in the chickens we eat as toxic inorganic arsenic and in soil and water via chicken litter that is used as fertilizer.
Chronic exposure to arsenic is associated with increased risk for several kinds of cancer and can lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes as well as neurological problems in children.
The State of Maryland has a state bill that would implement a ban of this dangerous toxin and will be voting on it today.
Sign the petition below to stop the use of arsenic in chicken feed. We'll deliver it to MD's elected officials so they know that we want to stop the terrible practice of adding arsenic to our chicken.
Most consumers don't know that arsenic has ben fed to chickens in Maryland for decades and, as new studies show, has had an impact on our food and the environment.
With the federal government doing little to regulate this dangerous additive, Maryland's elected officials have a real chance to be leaders in stopping the use of arsenic in chicken production this year.
Please vote 'yes' on the bill to ban arsenic in Maryland's chicken when it comes up for a vote.
I look forward to hearing from you,