From my letter to the editors of Organic Style magazine:
Thus far I’ve enjoyed the first two issues of Organic Style. Though it’s a little “slick” for my tastes, I’ve enjoyed most of the articles and applaud you for covering white tea in your Nov/Dec 2001 issue. White tea is my favorite kind for its subtle flavor alone, and its health benefits, even beyond green teas, are good to see in a publication of your scope.
One issue I feel I must bring up, though, is with your article “The Problem with Poultry.” While free-range chickens, or “organic” chickens may be slightly healthier, from an ethical standpoint they are really not much of an improvement over factory farmed poultry. The end result is the same: the chickens are killed for food and whether they’re allowed to walk around before they’re slaughtered is a way to make people feel less guilty about eating animals. If someone is truly concerned about ethics with regards to their eating habits (and, indeed, their health), then a vegetarian or vegan diet is the way to go.
Free-range farming isn’t for the welfare of the chickens: it’s just a poor way for humans to justify eating animals.