The Chain

The Chain

Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food

Book - 2014
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Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062288752
Branch Call Number: 338.7664 Geno
Characteristics: xiv, 305 pages : illustratons ; 24 cm


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Mar 26, 2018

This book is dishonest. Not in the sense that it outright lies, but it is dishonest in the sense that it fools you into believing it is one thing, when in reality it is something else entirely. This book claims to be about meat and the meat processing industry, but it is really about illegal immigration. It starts off with the history of Hormel and how they created Spam. Then it segues into how unethical they are, especially to the poor illegal immigrants who make all the exploitation possible.

Then it keeps going on and on about illegal immigrants. It mostly forgets all about the meat business business all together.

What gives? Why didn't the author just write a book about illegal immigration? Why pretend that this is an expose in the meat industry and then sneak up on us with this pro-illegal immigration stance? I find this deceptive and manipulative. I don't like being a mark, and that's what this book does - makes me feel like I'm the target of some kind of propaganda.

The only reason I didn't give this book 1 star was that it was decently written and well researched.

Feb 03, 2015

In the past decade or so, consumers have become much more aware of and interested in their food sources and while this has lead to a boom in farmer's market, local suppliers, and more sustainable practices, the industrial-agricultural complex rolls on undaunted and unconcerned. Following in the steps of Upton Sinclair and Eric Schlosser, Nebraskan journalist Ted Genoways explores the dangers of factory farming in the form of the mistreatment of animals, the use of potentially harmful antibiotics and hormones, and the human cost. Focusing on Hormel and the manufacturing of pork, Genoways paints a harrowing picture of animal abuse, dangerous working conditions, and horrifying injuries on a workforce that relies heavily on immigrants. Genoways doesn't break a lot of new ground, but it's an important book that should be read by those who care about their food (which should be everyone), how it's made, and where it comes from.


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