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

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We may be gambling with our lives whenever we purchase meat, milk, or eggs in a supermarket and every time we order a burger at a fast-food restaurant because agribusinesses have allowed unsafe and unhealthy products to be sold and consumed by an unsuspecting public.

The Meat You Eat explains what you should know about how the quality of our food has been greatly compromised in the name of productivity and profit. With large corporations controlling the food supply not only has ...

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Overview

We may be gambling with our lives whenever we purchase meat, milk, or eggs in a supermarket and every time we order a burger at a fast-food restaurant because agribusinesses have allowed unsafe and unhealthy products to be sold and consumed by an unsuspecting public.

The Meat You Eat explains what you should know about how the quality of our food has been greatly compromised in the name of productivity and profit. With large corporations controlling the food supply not only has our health been put at risk but the practices these companies undertake to mass-produce foods has lead to inhumane treatment of animals, lack of diversity in the food supply, as well as put a strain on the environment.

Ken Midkiff argues that there are actions consumers can take. While eating a vegan or vegetarian diet is an option there are ways to keep meat, fish, eggs and more on our plates. We can use and support local farmers and sustainable farming, and demand that our supermarkets and restaurants sell organically grown, free-range, and local products.

Featuring a resource guide to sustainable producers of meat, milk, and eggs across the country, The Meat You Eat is a call to arms to change the way we eat.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Ken Midkiff has written a serious and trenchant critique of modern livestock farming and the merciless spirit that drives it on. He has also pointed the way out, by advancing clear and decent standards in the care of animals."

- Matthew Scully, author of Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy

"Don't just gag — act!"

- Jim Hightower, author of Let's Stop Beating Around the Bush

"The factory meat industry has polluted thousands of miles of America's rivers, killed billions of fish, pushed tens of thousands of family farmers off their land, sickened and killed thousands of U.S. citizens, and treated millions of farm animals with unspeakable and unnecessary cruelty. But, as Ken Midkiff shows in this wonderful book, the meat barons' most frightening threat is to American democracy. "

- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President, Waterkeeper Alliance

Publishers Weekly
There are probably few surprises in this expos 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. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Matthew Scully
"Ken Midkiff has written a serious and trenchant critique of modern livestock farming and the merciless spirit that drives it on. He has also pointed the way out, by advancing clear and decent standards in the care of animals."
Jim Hightower
"Don't just gag — act!"
Robert F. Kennedy
"The factory meat industry has polluted thousands of miles of America's rivers, killed billions of fish, pushed tens of thousands of family farmers off their land, sickened and killed thousands of U.S. citizens, and treated millions of farm animals with unspeakable and unnecessary cruelty. But, as Ken Midkiff shows in this wonderful book, the meat barons' most frightening threat is to American democracy. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312325367
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,429,071
  • Product dimensions: 8.16 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Midkiff is the Sierra Club Clean Water Campaign Director. He has appeared on National Public Radio's Living on Earth and All Things Considered. A leading expert on the subject of agribusiness and sustainable agriculture, he lives in Columbia, Missouri.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction : get big or get out 1
Big pig 43
Big chicken and big egg 65
Big milk 105
Big beef 123
Big fish 141
Conclusion : stay small and stay alive 157
App The agribusiness companies 185
App Land-grant schools 209
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2006

    One-Sided, but Interesting

    In response to an earlier comment this is a one-sided book, but that does not make it any less factual or interesting. It is a quick read and does and excellent job explaining vertical integration and the corporate take over of US agriculture. If you want to read or learn about small farmers, this is not the book for you. Otherwise, acknowledge the bias of the author and read on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2006

    One Sided

    This book mostly talked about animal life on feed lots. This may be confusing to some people because they may take it as thats how all farming is. I was very disappointed. This book made me very sad. It didn't even talk about all the good hard working farmers who don't work on feed lots or for giant cooperations.

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