Located in Dehui City, China, this factory runs 24-hours, seven days a week, and processes over 100 million chickens per year. Rather, 375,000 chickens are slaughtered, plucked, dismembered and packaged here every day.
That's a lot of chicken. A lot. But to put it in perspective, even this insane amount of poultry - the 100,000,000 chickens produced here in a full year - is still only enough food to feed one meal to (less than) 3% of the global population. (I'm a bit shocked trying to imagine how much food we humans actually consume every day..)
And this chicken is, in fact, part of the global meal. It is consumed domestically in China, and also exported to over 20 different countires (far-flung locales such as Germany, South Africa, and Japan).
I find this whole idea of chicken from China amazing. When I pick-up a drum stick there's a whole world of farming, industry, transport, and marketing behind it. The image says a lot. It's both eerie and beautiful.
This image comes from Burtynsky's documentary, Manufactured Landscapes.