The Chain

Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food
CD - unabridged
Audio (7 discs)
Product Number: DD15453
Released: Nov 11, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781494507084
Narrator/s: Michael Kramer
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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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.


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The Chain
Product Number: BX00037221
Product Number:Z100089527
Product Number:DD15453

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Author(s): Ted Genoways
Narrator(s): Michael Kramer
Product Number Z100089527
Released: Feb 02, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781494527082
Author(s): Ted Genoways
Product Number EB00238546
Released: Oct 14, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: #9780062288776

Professional reviews

"Michael KramerÕs persuasive and unfaltering performance reinforces the disturbing information in this portrait of the American food industry. KramerÕs articulate narration tempers the authorÕs tone, offering mild intonations and a steadiness that balance the stark, and sometimes shocking, information. The authorÕs point is that the food supply chainÑwhich rewards high-density animal farming and increased speed at production plantsÑis compromising the safety of workers as well as the quality and wholesomeness of our meat. KramerÕs good timing and clarity of voice clearly convey the shocking statistics and poignant message about the true price of cheap meat. M.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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