AGRICULTURE: Everything But the Cluck

Down the disassembly line flows an unending stream of chickens, drumsticks pointing straight up, as white-aproned workers cut and dismember.

Feathers, beaks, combs and claws —nonedible elements—fall into a trough that flushes the refuse to a rendering plant across the street. The refuse is then converted into chicken feed that is recycled into the next generation of broilers, who become unwitting cannibals. This super-streamlined operation, which uses everything from the chicken but the cluck, is run by Stratford of Texas Inc., a company less than four years old. Chief Executive Officer Robert...

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