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Here’s Why Organic Chicken Costs More Than $10 a Pound

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Health-conscious Americans hungry for organic chicken are facing high costs as producers struggle to find the proper food for their birds.

Chickens certified as organic in the U.S. must only receive food grown without irradiation, synthetic fertilizers, certain pesticides and genetically modified organisms. The birds need access to the outdoors, can’t be given antibiotics, and like all chickens, can’t be given hormones.