The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of Americas Food Business by Christopher LeonardAn investigative journalist takes you inside the corporate meat industry—a shocking, in-depth report every American should read.
The biggest takeover in American business that you’ve n ever heard of
The American supermarket seems to represent the best in America: abundance, freedom, choice. But that turns out to be an illusion. The rotisserie chicken, the pepperoni, the cordon bleu, the frozen pot pie, and the bacon virtually all come from four companies.
In The Meat Racket, investigative reporter Christopher Leonard delivers the first-ever account of how a handful of companies have seized the nation’s meat supply. He shows how they built a system that puts farmers on the edge of bankruptcy, charges high prices to consumers, and returns the industry to the shape it had in the 1900s before the meat monopolists were broken up. At the dawn of the twenty-first century, the greatest capitalist country in the world has an oligarchy controlling much of the food we eat and a high-tech sharecropping system to make that possible.
Forty years ago, more than thirty-six companies produced half of all the chicken Americans ate. Now there are only three that make that amount, and they control every aspect of the process, from the egg to the chicken to the chicken nugget. These companies are even able to raise meat prices for consumers while pushing down the price they pay to farmers. And tragically, big business and politics have derailed efforts to change the system.
We know that it takes big companies to bring meat to the American table. What The Meat Racket shows is that this industrial system is rigged against all of us. In that sense, Leonard has exposed our heartland’s biggest scandal.
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The term meat industry describes modern industrialized livestock agriculture for production, packing , preservation and marketing of meat in contrast to dairy products, wool , etc. In economics , it is a fusion of primary agriculture and secondary industry activity and hard to characterize strictly in terms of either one alone. The greater part of the entire meat industry is termed meat packing industry - the segment that handles the slaughtering , processing, packaging, and distribution of animals such as cattle , pigs , sheep and other livestock. A great portion of the ever-growing  meat branch in the food industry involves intensive animal farming in which livestock are kept almost entirely indoors  or in restricted outdoor settings like pens. Many aspects of the raising of animals for meat have become industrialized, even many practices more associated with smaller family farms , e. The production of livestock is a heavily vertically integrated industry where the majority of supply chain stages are integrated and owned by one company.
Exploitation and predatory pricing drove the transformation of the US beef industry — and created the model for modern agribusiness. By Joshua Specht. Tue 7 May T he meatpacking mogul Jonathan Ogden Armour could not abide socialist agitators. It was , and Upton Sinclair had just published The Jungle , an explosive novel revealing the grim underside of the American meatpacking industry.
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