Coconut-fed chicken available soon
The first chickens fed on an organic ration containing coconut pulp
will soon be available to US customers.
Tropical Traditions is taking orders for its new chickens raised outdoors on
pasture and fed Cocofeed(TM). The feed was developed by Tropical Traditions and
poultry nutritionists, and contains coconut pulp as well as other high-quality
natural ingredients. The coconut pulp is the residue left over after coconut oil
has been extracted from the coconut meat. In tropical cultures, coconut pulp
residue, which is high in protein and fibre, has been a traditional feed
ingredient for poultry and other livestock for many generations. The feed
contains no soybeans, the most common ingredient in other organic chicken feeds
in the US.
Several poultry farmers have tested the feed side by side
with soy-based organic feed. The chickens fed the Cocofeed grew out very well.
Although they typically took up to an extra week to reach the same weight as
those fed the soy-based feeds, the chickens feed the coconut feed showed other
advantages: their fat and meat contained lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid
found in coconut oil and human breast milk, known to have many health
With the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's
recent report that 55% of store-bought chicken and 100% of restaurant chicken
they tested contained arsenic, as well as growing fears about the spread of
poultry diseases, chickens raised outdoors and fed the coconut-based feed will
provide health-conscious consumers with a premium poultry
Tropical Traditions chickens are all raised by family
farmers. These farmers run diversified farms practicing sustainable agriculture.
They will rotate tracts of land with crops and other animals, or let it go
fallow from time to time. When a batch of chickens is raised on a piece of
pasture, typically that pasture will not see chickens again for two or more
years. In the interval, crops may be grown in that pasture, or it may go fallow
allowing grass to grow, die, and decompose so that the soil is kept in balance
and not contaminated from too much chicken manure.
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