In “Biogas from America’s favorite meat: pollution solution or a prop for poultry?,” Leanna First-Arai takes us to the top chicken-cultivating county in the United States. On the Delmarva Peninsula — which stretches down the eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay through Delaware, Maryland, and a small portion of Virginia — plants owned by Amick Farms, Mountaire Farms, and Perdue, among other corporations, process more than 600 million broilers a year.
And though the industry claims they produce healthy, affordable and climate-friendly meat, it also generates hundreds of thousands of tons of chicken waste. So a solution modeled by dairy and swine operations may be in the offing as biogas companies vie to build anaerobic digesters on Delmarva. But some environmentalists and neighbors of production barns worry that anaerobic digesters will merely enable Big Chicken to further expand across poultry-producing regions of the nation.
In addition, Mother Jones published the story as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Mother Jones has a monthly readership of 8M. In addition, they have a total social media following of 2.7M.