Chickenizing Farms and Food: How Industrial Meat Production Endangers Workers, Animals, and Consumers

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Johns Hopkins University Press
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6.3 X 9.2 X 1.0 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Ellen K. Silbergeld is a professor of environmental health sciences, epidemiology, and health policy and management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 1993, she was the recipient of a MacArthur "genius grant."


"An insightful book that should be of interest to anyone who eats food, animal or not."

--Kirkus Reviews

"This engaging treatise lays out a compelling case for reexamining the way we produce the food we eat. Required reading for those who are interested in learning more about where our food comes from."

--Library Journal

"Little doubt exists that meat production is fraught with problems. After reading Silbergeld's book, my next visit to the farmer's market will be a more enlightened one."


"A sobering, vivid tour of people and places covers the far-reaching impact of Arthur Perdue's chicken empire, animalfeed antibiotics and MRSA, worker safety at a hog-slaughter megaplant in Tar Heel, North Carolina, and Brazil and China's recent "chickenization"."

--Chronicle of Higher Education

"Chickenizing Farms & Food is essential reading for anyone concerned about food safety, about worker safety, and the industry that has far too little concern for either."


"... much good can be found in these pages, and Ellen K. Sibergeld offers useful input regarding the most complicated question in globalization and food production today: what are we supposed to do about it?"

--San Francisco Book Review

"She is clear-eyed and practical in the solutions she offers at the end of the book. Refreshingly, Silbergeld does not advocate a return to "the agriculture of the past" (which she believes is romanticized and effective only for affluent producers and consumers), but rather a systematic overhaul of agriculture as an industry."


"Silbergeld writes in an easy, conversational style that demonstrates a sweeping knowledge of human history ranging from the Egyptians to Immanuel Wallerstein's works on the modern world system. She also marshals an impressive array of facts to defend her case. Chickenizing Farms & Food is a must-read for anyone who cares about the production of the things we eat."

--Washington Independent Review of Books

"The strengths of this volume are its clear presentation of concepts and evidence, lucid explanations of the supporting science, and spirited critique of both sides in the Big Ag/Food vs. Small/Local Ag/Food encounter."


"The book is engaging and compelling... She [Silbergeld] glosses over nothing."