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Chicken: The Dangerous Transformation of Americas Favorite Food (Yale Agrarian Studies Series) Paperback – July 24, 2007
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"Extraordinarily powerful. . . . This book will do for chicken what Fast Food Nation did for beef." - Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health
"Striffler presents the first in-depth look at the rise of the chicken industry in late twentieth-century America. The story is vivid, engaging, and-in chapters dealing with Mexican and other immigrant chickenworkers-riveting."-Deborah Fitzgerald, author of Every Farm a Factory
"A gripping and deeply sobering view of big chicken' from the bottom up. Striffler's experience on the (dis)assembly line, his sympathetic grasp of the hopes, dreams, and origins of the workforce, and of the larger history of the industry, make for a uniquely powerful and memorable book."-James C. Scott, Yale University -- James C. Scott
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One other thing. I noticed one reviewer on Amazon was critical of Striffler for caring more about poultry workers than chickens. Uhh? I hope he cares more about people than birds! Is this a bad thing? I am an animal rights activist, and I wish there was more on this subject in the book, but that would be a very different book for a very different audience. This is just not a book about animal rights; it is much broader in perspective. But I found the book to be very informative, and even suggestive for those of us interested in animal rights....because Striffler provides the whole picture. The fact is that most people eat chicken, and will do so for some time -- so the question is how do we make the system better for everyone, including the birds. On this, Striffler is very critical of the industry; his analysis is superb and his ideas suggestive. Let's not lose perspective!
It is a very timely book given this year's focus on immigration reform. This industry will likely be more affected than any other if any major legislation is enacted.
Definitely read this book. It will change the way you think about chicken, food in general, and the immigrant workers who do all the work.
Even for those who don't wish to endure a frontal assault on Tyson Foods and other major agribusiness corporations, the discussion on how American consumerism around chicken has changed over the last 20 years. For those who are old enough to remember a world without McNuggets, its an interesting cultural retrospective.
She did tell me a lot about this book and class talks in the classroom. It got her to rethink about eating and the class wasn't about that LOL but it help her to rethink about other things that the class was teaching too.
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Really opens your eyes to the negligence of the food industry.Published 13 months ago by Omar Ziadeh