Fifty billion. Every year fifty billion birds are made to live and die [in the factory farming system].
It cannot be overstated how revolutionary and relatively new this reality is—the number of factory-farmed birds was zero before Celia Steele’s 1923 experiment. And we’re not just raising chickens differently; we’re eating more chickens: Americans eat 150 times as many chickens as we did only eighty years ago.
|—||Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer|