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The Chain

Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food

by Ted Genoways Author · Michael Kramer Narrator

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On the production line in American packinghouses, there is one cardinal rule: the chain never slows. Under pressure to increase supply, the supervisors of meat-processing plants have routinely accelerated the pace of conveyors, leading to inhumane conditions, increased accidents, and food of questionable and often dangerous quality. In The Chain, acclaimed journalist Ted Genoways uses the story of Hormel Foods and its most famous product, Spam, to probe the state of the meatpacking industry. Interviewing scores of line workers, union leaders, hog farmers, and local politicians and activists, Genoways reveals an industry pushed to its breaking point. Along the way, he exposes alarming new trends: sick or permanently disabled workers, abused animals, water and soil pollution, and mounting conflict between small towns and immigrant labor.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Imprint:
Tantor Audio
Edition:
Unabridged
Publication Date:
2014

Format

  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 233.4 MB
  • OverDrive Listen 233.4 MB

Ted Genoways (Author)

Ted Genoways, an award-winning poet, journalist, and editor, is the author of Walt Whitman and the Civil War. He served as editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review from 2003 to 2012, during which time the magazine won six National Magazine Awards. ...

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