How much do you know about the meat on your dinner plate? Journalist Christopher Leonard spent more than a decade covering the country's biggest meat companies, including four years as the national agribusiness reporter for the Associated Press. Now he delivers the first comprehensive look inside the industrial meat system, exposing how a handful of companies executed an audacious corporate takeover of the nation's meat supply.
Leonard's revealing account shines a light on the inner workings of Tyson Foods, a pioneer of the industrial system that dominates the market. You'll learn how the food industry got to where it is today and how companies like Tyson have escaped the scrutiny they deserve. You'll discover how these companies are able to raise meat prices for consumers while pushing down the price they pay to farmers. And you'll even see how big business and politics have derailed efforts to change the system, from a years-long legal fight in Iowa to the Obama administration's recent failed attempt to pass reforms.
Important, timely, and explosive, The Meat Racket is an unvarnished portrait of the food industry that now dominates America's heartland.
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"This detailed history and exposŽ of AmericaÕs factory farming system will make listeners think about what they eat in a new way. Narrator John Pruden delivers a clean narration of a complex subject loaded with passion. His professional detachment lends authority without adding bias, even when delivering the eulogizing of the hero/villain of the piece, Don Tyson, by his friend Bill Clinton. Further, PrudenÕs authoritative voice imparts gravitas, and his pacing matches LeonardÕs writing style. Those who listen to this riveting account will ask themselves whether the ways our food is acquired, paid for, and politicized may be out of whack. M.C. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"