There was a part in Omnivore's Dilemma that I really related to. It was about the chickens (pg. 170). Rosie Chickens, to be exact. The farm that Michael Pollan visited is the same one that supplies chickens to local stores in my area. I frequently purchase the brand of birds he was talking about and was excited to be able to relate to his information on that level.
The Rosie Chickens (and related brands) are better than industrial processed chickens because they do not contain antibiotics and are not fed from animal byproducts. But the Rosie Chickens are by no means perfect. Pollan debunks the illusion of the chickens happily clucking around in cute pens or running in the fields eating bugs as nature intended. Chickens are not naturally corn and soy eaters, you know.
Anyway, I determined that the next time they had chickens at the farmers market I would buy one. The quality is supposed to be amazing. The demand is so great that people show up early on weeks when chickens are available.
But I couldn't do it. I totally wimped out because the farm that sells them leaves the head and feet on. I just couldn't do it. I thought I could manage it, but in the end I decided that the Rosie birds at the grocery would be good enough for me.
Am I a hypocritical meat eater? Seems like if I'm going to eat meat I should be able to deal with the whole animal. Besides, the head and feet are supposed to have wonderful nutrients for broths.
Maybe I'll work myself up to it again. Or maybe not.