Researchers suggest broiler chicken is the hallmark of the Anthropocene

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A team of researchers from several institutions in the U.K. and one in South Africa has come to the conclusion that the broiler chicken offers perhaps the most striking evidence of the rise of the Anthropocene. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group outlines their reasons for choosing the chicken as a signal of human biosphere reconfiguration.

Scientists have begun suggesting that we are now living in a , which thehy call the Anthropocene—the age of man-made impacts on the planet. In this new effort, the researchers suggest the broiler chicken is a prime example of the changes we have wrought. They note, for example, that the broiler chicken is now by far the most populous bird on the planet—at any given moment, there are approximately 23 billion of them. The second most populous bird, by comparison, is the red-billed quelea, and there are just 1.5 billion of them.

There are so many chickens that their is greater than all other birds combined. And they are not anywhere close to their initial native state—the modern broiler is unable to survive and reproduce in the wild. It has been bred to eat non-stop, allowing it to grow to a desired size in just five to nine weeks. And as it grows, its meaty parts outgrow its organs, making it impossible for many to survive to adulthood. And all these chickens are being cooked and eaten, and their bones are discarded. Billions of bones wind up in landfills where they are covered over in an oxygen-free environment, making it likely that they will, over time, become fossilized. If we do not survive due to , pandemics or nuclear warfare, the researchers suggest, the next dominant life form will likely dig up our landfills and find evidence of our love for the broiler chicken.

The idea of the broiler as a symbol for our time here on Earth may be unsettling, they note, but other options do not sound much better. We will also be leaving behind things like plastics and radiation signatures.


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Dec 12, 2018
The first obvious question is: which came first? the chicken or the egg? har har har.

Dec 12, 2018
Also what is the deal with articles that seem to just hate humanity? Aren't we just animals living on this Earth subject to nature like all other living beings? To think that we are something special is a bit arrogant and ignorant considering that we too can be easily wiped off the face of this planet like everything else. It seems like environmentalists (like the one who wrote this article) just have this stupid notion that they can be victims while being the perpetrator at the same time. It must be so great to hate ones own species so much. /s

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Dec 12, 2018
Nuclear weapons are the symbol of modern humanity. The men from the governments from USA, Russia, etc keep "testing" weapons, and destroying the ecosystem with them.

Dec 12, 2018
Nuclear weapons are the symbol of modern humanity. The men from the governments from USA, Russia, etc keep "testing" weapons, and destroying the ecosystem with them.


Wow how much wronger can you be?

Dec 12, 2018
A blatant intervention with nature. A non-climate factor of anthropogenic impact on earth.

Dec 12, 2018
Non-vegetarians have betrayed the earth. 'Be Vegan, Make Peace."

Dec 12, 2018
While fossilized chicken bones may be the single largest signature purely by volume, I suspect the single most unique and blatant trace will be short lived radioactive isotopes that could not be otherwise created except by man made processes. Transuranic elements like plutonium, or products of fission reactions for example.

Dec 12, 2018
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Dec 13, 2018
Also what is the deal with articles that seem to just hate humanity? Aren't we just animals living on this Earth subject to nature like all other living beings? To think that we are something special is a bit arrogant and ignorant considering that we too can be easily wiped off the face of this planet like everything else. It seems like environmentalists (like the one who wrote this article) just have this stupid notion that they can be victims while being the perpetrator at the same time. It must be so great to hate ones own species so much. /s


Envirokooks hate humanity but never lead by example and kill themselves.

Dec 13, 2018
@chemhaznet1: I'll bite: The chicken came first because God made it that way. Only afterwards did the chicken then fulfill God's blessing to be fruitful and multiply, i.e. lay eggs!
YMMV ;-)

Dec 13, 2018
Vernadsky's brilliant concept of the Noosphere is a Promethean standpoint. The "Anthropocene" is anti human propaganda
.https://thingumbo...ght.html

Dec 13, 2018
And they will believe Col Sanders was our God...

Dec 13, 2018
hey fools, go get some mcnuggets. Amazing how much taxpayers get ripped off to support these "researchers"

How much do you get paid for "working" mate?

Dec 13, 2018
A blatant intervention with nature. A non-climate factor of anthropogenic impact on earth.

It does have an impact on climate. A rather huge one to boot as these chicken need :

Food = deforestation, monoculture and proliferation of termites in deforested land = CO2 from trees + Methane from termites

Transport = Food needs to be transported and the birds too = fuel = more CO2

Human farming does have a lot of impact on the climate. Huge. And it would be the single one easier to resolve.

Dec 13, 2018
This is the Safest & Tastier way to obtain your proteins; Of course, Sea food too to those used to it and is ESSENTIAL also. Nutrients of course, through Vegan food, I mean Leaves, Fruits, Nuts and Vegetables.
Don't recommend Insects, Frogs, Rats and Dogs seen being eaten by some on YouTube !
IT IS FOR THOSE THAT ARE USED TO IT AND LIKE IT ONLY. Rather, FEED THEM ALL TO CHICKEN that do love it.

Dec 13, 2018
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"While fossilized chicken bones may be the single largest signature purely by volume, I suspect the single most unique and blatant trace will be short lived radioactive isotopes that could not be otherwise created except by man made processes. Transuranic elements like plutonium, or products of fission reactions for example."

Short lived isotopes are just that ... mostly quite virulent, but shortlived. Some have half lifes of a few milliseconds, some days, weeks, months, years. After about 10 half lives only about 0.1 % of the original isotope is left. So after about 300 years Cesium 137 from Fukushima or Chernobyl will have all but vanished. Plutonium will hang around much longer, but since it decays quite slowly it is not as radioactively virulent as the short lived isotopes. It will make our descendants or the new masters of the earth realise that we were more than just primitive chicken farmers.

Dec 13, 2018
Well ie, what do radioactive isotopes decay into? Are not the resulting metals also toxic?
Even if no longer radioactive.

The decay process itself is not a straight forward line. Some radioactives will decay now, some of the same will decay tomorrow. It is all about the probability of percentages.

And for the altright fairytails & their crocodile tears for the Humanity they claim Liberal/Leftists hate so much?

Which group of hypocrites puts children into cages? Treating them as if they were broiler chickens.

& which group has the Humane decency to seek to free them & restore them to their families?

Dec 13, 2018
@chemhaznet1: Where in this article does it state the author's hatred for humanity?
All the article states is that we've bred a crapton of mutant chickens that can't survive on their own in the wild and left enough bones to be fossilized under mounds of our waste, as well as leaving behind other signatures of our pollution. Because YEAH, you gotta face it sometime. We've made the planet a dirty place to live in right now.

Do you think your mother hates you when she asks you to clean the moldy pizza and used protection off your bedroom floor? Or is she simply asking you to own up to your responsibilities? Do you think it's anti-human propaganda when your dad tells you that launching a rocket off the roof might be a tad dangerous because it could land on the house and catch fire? Or is he warning you of the capacity you have to make or break your own living situation by sheer impulse?

Dec 13, 2018
@chemhaznet1: I get it, it's scary to look at the figures. We don't want to; we like the status quo. We like traveling long distances in our nice cars. We like our bacon double cheeseburgers. We like our toasty three-story country houses and latest fashion and sleek devices with novel widgets and 3-5 kids in each family that will exponentially increase because we were told that that was what the Good Life is all about. We got here because we Wanted it, because we were told from a very young age that This is where we should place our Want by the last generation naïve enough to believe the same tripe. And now that the price is being weighed against our choices, we want to yell at the manager. We wanna ask if we can put the goods on layaway until we get a new a credit card that hasn't been maxed out. We don't want to look at the bill or answer the call from the debt collectors.

Dec 13, 2018
@chemhaznet1: And instead of looking at the consequences of our spending choices en masse, we point the gun at the messenger claiming that the messenger must HATE us for saying this.

"We are animals subject to nature." The only problem with that assertion is in our insistence to buck our subjection to nature in the name of progress and civilization. Our modern religious and philosophical paradigms have herded us away from nature in the name of seizing control for the benefit of our survival combined with our insatiable desire for comfort. We've capitalized, literally and figuratively, our intellect as a weapon against the brutal forces surrounding us instead of being a tool for cooperation. We are animals pretending not to be animals while still carrying out very animal-rooted agendas for the sake of transcending our animal nature. Whoowee! No wonder we're caught in this predicament.
Pointing out our human flaws is not the same as hating. It's the first step towards true progress.

Dec 13, 2018
The chicken bones that may end up as fossils were wracked with pain while the chickens were alive in the flesh, sitting on their crippled bones in the manmade cesspools called chicken "houses." Their bones are too weak to carry their abnormal bodyweight. I've cared for hundreds of these chickens since 1985, living as I do in a chicken-production region in the U.S.. These birds are very intelligent and sensitive. They are incarcerated in a body that prevents them from doing many things chickens like to do, like perch high off the ground, speed around the yard and so much more. They do their best to cope with the disabilities our species has inflicted on them genetically and environmentally. It is sickening how we treat our fellow creatures. Maybe in time, we will wake up and care, and change our ways. I hope so.

Karen Davis, PhD, President, United Poultry Concerns

Dec 13, 2018
I am a vegetarian myself.
Excluding primitive hunter-gatherers that have no choice but to eat meat, if we all went vegi then, with all else kept equal, that should place measurable less pressure on our limited resources and improve food security and the average well being of people and reduce both our cost of living and carbon footprint; good all round.

Dec 13, 2018
It is sickening how we treat our fellow creatures. Maybe in time, we will wake up and care, and change our ways. I hope so
Yes. Free all the domesticates where they can roam free and be chased down by their traditional predators who will rip them to shreds and consume their entrails.

No special sauce needed.

I am sure they will prefer this sort of death as it is the way god wants it.
https://www.youtu...DNP4ozSI

Dec 14, 2018
Also what is the deal with articles that seem to just hate humanity? Aren't we just animals living on this Earth subject to nature like all other living beings?...


I completely agree with this sentiment chemhaznet1. I have a hunch it's a mindset, that comes from the abrihamic religions. The idea being that god made us special and to hold dominion over the plants and animals yatta yatta.

A couple thousand years pass and people have this notion that we are more morally responsible for destroying our local environment (we have been guilty of this for tens of thousands of years not just in modernity) than say a swarm of locust or mass of cancer cells. We aren't more morally responsible, we are just short sighted idiots crapping where we sleep, and our "local environment" happens to be the entire planet now.

People need to shift their attitudes from we are all evil humans to, we are more knowledgeable now and should keep our home a tolerable place to live as long as we can.

Dec 14, 2018
Also shut the hell up Thorium Boy you misogynistic worthless piece of trash. Even the creationists don't have time for your blithering nonsense.

Dec 14, 2018
Turing, I can agree with the sentiment you voiced.

However, thorazine boy & his atomic priesthood are more dangerous when silent.
As long as he/she/it is blathering along with pernicious intent? They are not actually accomplishing anything additional too cause further harm to Humanity & the Biosphere.

So? As in so many things in life, it's a trade off...

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