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How to talk to your guests about the sustainability of Canadian chicken


Sustainability is important to Canadian consumers. They want to know where their food comes from and they want to know that the work behind producing it is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. Canadian chicken farmers take this stewardship seriously. They are proud and transparent about the innovation and hard work they put in every day.

Chicken Farmers of Canada’s (CFC) key values of sustainability: protecting bird health and welfare, producing safe chicken for Canadians, preserving the health of the land and of our farms, providing value to Canada and affordable food to Canadians through supply management.

Chefs and foodservice professionals can proudly assure consumers that Canadian chicken is a responsible food choice—environmentally friendly, sustainable, and ethically produced.

Canadian chicken is a protein choice you can feel good about serving to your guests. Why?

  • Over the last 40 years, Canadian chicken farmers have adopted practices on the farm to reduce environmental impact resulting in 37 per cent lower carbon footprint, 37 per cent reduction in non-renewable energy consumption, and 45 per cent less water consumption.
  • Over 90 per cent of Canadian chicken farms are family owned and operated.
  • Per kilogram of protein, the carbon footprint of Canadian chicken is lower than that of the other livestock commodities produced in North America.
  • When considering the average carbon footprint of chicken in different regions around the world, Canadian chicken production has the lowest carbon footprint overall.
  • Of all the energy used to produce one kilogram of Canadian chicken, 62 per cent comes from renewable sources.
  • All Canadian chicken farmers follow the Raised by a Canadian Farmer Animal Care and Food Safety programs and the Canadian chicken sector has banned the preventive use of Category I and II antibiotics, the two categories most important in human medicine.

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