A whole chicken from the grocery store costs $10. A whole chicken from the farmer’s market costs $35. Same size, hugely different price.
Somewhere in that $25 gap lay a host of questionable ethics. What did you feed those chickens to raise them so cheaply? Where did they have to live? How much needless suffering did they experience? How much of this did the government subsidize? What impact does cheap meat have on our health? To ask these questions is to be human.
I don’t think you have to be a vegetarian, but it’s worth pondering how much less meat you’d eat if you lived in a world where a chicken cost $35.