27 Jun 2015

Why did the chicken cross the world?

From This Way Up, 12:30 pm on 27 June 2015
Young chicken.

Young chicken. Photo: Pixabay.

Domesticated in the jungles of South East Asia some 10,000 years ago, the chicken's come into its own in the age of industrialised food production. After all, without fried chicken pieces and chicken nuggets where would modern civilisation be?!

We New Zealanders love chickens too; early adopters in the global backyard chicken movement, we each eat an average of about 230 eggs and 30 kilos of chicken meat every year.

Andrew Lawler looks at the chicken's global appeal in his book Why Did The Chicken Cross The World: the epic saga of the bird that powers civilisation' (Duckworth Overlook).