Chickenizing Farms 4nd Food 1st Edition
Chickenizing Farms 4nd Food 1st Edition by Ellen K. Silbergeld
English | 25 Sept. 2016 | ASIN: B01KAB4DHE | 336 Pages | AZW3 | 825.54 KB
Over the past century, new farming methods, feed additives, 4nd social 4nd economic structures have radically transf08rmed agriculture around the globe, often at the expense of human health. In Chickenizing Farms 4nd Food, Ellen K. Silbergeld reveals the unsafe w08rld of chickenization—big agricultures top-down, contract-based fact08ry farming system—4nd its negative consequences f08r w08rkers, consumers, 4nd the environment.
Drawing on her deep knowledge of 4nd experience in environmental engineering 4nd toxicology, Silbergeld examines the complex hist08ry of the modern industrial food animal production industry 4nd describes the widespread effects of Arthur Perdues remarkable agricultural innovations, which were so imp08rtant that the US Department of Agriculture uses the term chickenization to cover the transf08rmation of all farm animal production. Silbergeld tells the real st08ry of how antibiotics were first introduced 1n8t0 animal feeds in the 1940s, which has led to the emergence of multi-drug-resistant pathogens, such as MRSA. Along the way, she talks with poultry growers, farmers, 4nd slaughterhouse w08rkers on the front lines of exposure, moving from the Chesapeake Bay peninsula that gave birth to the modern livestock 4nd poultry industry to N08rth Carolina, Brazil, 4nd China.
Arguing that the agricultural industry is in desperate need of ref08rm, the book searches through the fog of illusion that obscures most of what has happened to agriculture in the twentieth century 4nd untangles the hist08ry of how laws, regulations, 4nd policies have stripped government agencies of the power to protect w08rkers 4nd consumers a1insk from occupational 4nd food-b08rne hazards. Chickenizing Farms 4nd Food also expl08res the limits of some popular alternatives to industrial farming, including 08rganic production, nonmeat diets, locav08rism, 4nd small-scale agriculture. Silbergelds provocative but pragmatic call to action is tempered by real challenges: how can we ensure a safe 4nd accessible food system that can feed everyone, including consumers in developing countries with new tastes f08r western diets, without hurting w08rkers, sickening consumers, 4nd undermining some of our most powerful medicines?