So given all of this information, why would anyone ask where their chicken comes from? The answer is that not all poultry arrives from large-scale industrial agriculture operations. The movement toward organic, locally sourced food is not exclusive to produce, but also includes livestock.
Free-range, organically fed chickens tend to be healthier than their conventionally raised counterparts and less vulnerable to disease outbreaks. Heritage chicken breeders, poultry farmers that preserve rare and endangered breeds of chicken, are also doing their part by maintaining the genetic diversity of the species.
The "organic" label has been occasionally misrepresented, however, as evidenced by this hidden camera footage from a commercial hatchery. Many organic operations in the U.S., however, are certified by a number of organizations and government agencies, including the USDA.
So this takes us back to the original question: Where does your chicken come from? If you buy your chicken in nugget form, chances are it's from a large-scale poultry farm in the American South. Buying a whole bird that doesn't have organic on the label come from the same kinds of producers. But if you're in a restaurant that claims to serve organically fed, locally raised chicken, it doesn't hurt to ask for details. Just don't follow your bird's trail all the way back to the farm.