Twelve minutes into the 2009 documentary Food, Inc.,
Carole Morison appears on the screen — haggard, tired, quietly
seething. Squinting into the sun, she tells the camera, “I’ve just made
up my mind; I’m gonna say what I have to say,” and she proceeds to show
Wearing a face mask, she steps inside one of her chicken houses,
where she is raising broilers for Perdue. Inside she reveals a crowded
sea of birds bumping into each other and squawking in agitation.
Chickens are shown taking a few steps and falling down — due to the
weight they’ve been bred to put on rapidly. Others are on their backs,
gasping for breath inside a chicken house they cannot leave. Carole
picks up a few dead birds and throws them in a pile.
She walks back outside, removes her face mask, wipes the dust off her face, and says with disgust, “That’s normal.”