Steve Striffler's "Chicken: The Dangerous Transformation of America's Favorite Food"

Steve Striffler's "Chicken: The Dangerous Transformation of America's Favorite Food"

Author: 
Steve Striffler

Striffler takes a job at one of the largest poultry-processing plants in the world for an insider's look at the universe surrounding the processing of America's favorite food.

Book Excerpt: 
"While watching Javier, I realize what this book will be about. How did Javier and the checkens arrive in this place, under these conditions? Where do they go once they leave the plant? And what does their experience in the plant mean to those of us who eat chicken? The search for answers led me to study a period when chickens were raised and processed quite differently, and to visit poultry farms, supermarkets, restaurants, and communities in the southern United States and central Mexico. As I learned while doing this research, whereas the chicken's journey is one characterized by uniformity and predictability, the worker's path is defined by variation, insecurity, and chaos. Neither experience leads to a particularly healthy outcome for bird, worker, farmer, environment or consumer. . . "
Year of Publication: 
Sat, 2005-01-01
Rights Information: 
copyright, Steve Striffler
City of Publication: 
New Haven, CT
Book Publisher: 
Yale University Press