The Meat You Eat: How Corporate Farming Has Endangered America's Food Supply

by Ken Midkiff (Author), Wendell Berry (Foreword)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
There are probably few surprises in this exposé of American agribusiness; if you
haven't read horror stories about megafarms and slaughterhouses in Fast Food
Nation, you've undoubtedly heard animal rights activists talking about the
deplorable conditions in which cattle, poultry and hogs are processed "from
semen to cellophane." To these tales Midkiff adds an overwhelming flood of
animal feces (usually referred to in much more pointed terms), from frightened
cattle that soil themselves in the slaughterhouse and don't get fully cleaned to
liquefied manure that seeps into the land of neighboring small farms. Using
formulaic left-wing parlance, Midkiff points out how giant food corporations
wield political influence to save themselves from reform—ensuring, for example,
that despite their size they will continue to be classified as farmers exempt
from EPA regulation. He also advocates buying from local farms that practice
"sustainable agriculture" as a means of resisting corporate meat without going
vegetarian. (A useful appendix offers contact information for farmer's market
associations across the country.) The book doesn't quite follow through on the
claim to depict "the decline of the American diet"; although it certainly
reveals the contamination risks in our meat and eggs, not much is said about the
direct health consequences for consumers.

Product Details

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (August 1, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312325355



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