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Slaughterhouse Blues : The Meat and Poultry Industry in North America,9780534613037

Slaughterhouse Blues : The Meat and Poultry Industry in North America

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9780534613037

ISBN10:
0534613039
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Pub. Date:
4/17/2003
Publisher(s):
Cengage Learning
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Summary

SLAUGHTERHOUSE BLUES: THE MEAT AND POULTRY INDUSTRY IN NORTH AMERICA draws on more than 15 years of research by the authors, a cultural anthropologist and a social geographer, to present a detailed look at the meat and poultry industry in the United States and Canada. Following chapters on today's beef, poultry, and pork industries, SLAUGHTERHOUSE BLUES examines industry impacts on workers and on the communities that host its plants. The book details the authors' efforts to help communities plan for and mitigate the negative consequences of meat and poultry plants as well as community opposition to confined animal feeding operations. The book concludes by exploring alternatives to North America's model of industrialized meat production.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword xi
Foreword xiii
Eric Schlosser
Preface xv
Introduction 1(1)
The Tour
1(3)
Studying the Meat and Poultry Industry---and Why
4(5)
Setting the Table
9(13)
More Inputs, Fewer Farms
10(1)
Eat In or Eat Out?
11(1)
Agricultural Industrialization
12(3)
Consequences of Agricultural Industrialization for the Meat and Poultry Industry
15(5)
Conclusions
20(2)
From Roundups to Restructuring: The Beef Industry
22(14)
A Branding on the Flying V
22(5)
The Cattle Kingdom
27(2)
Home on the Range: The Short, Happy Life of a Beef Cow
29(3)
Go West, Young Steer, Go West
32(1)
From Hogsheads to Disassembly Lines: The Rise of the Meatpacking Industry
32(3)
Beefpacking Moves to the Country: Relocating and Restructuring the Industry
35(1)
Chicken Little, Chicken Big: The Poultry Industry
36(16)
Down on the Farm
36(1)
Poultry Production and Consumption in the Early Twentieth Century
36(2)
Mrs. Steele's Chicks: The Birth of the Modern Poultry Industry
38(1)
Industrializing, Integrating, and Marketing the Chicken
39(2)
Contract Growing and Factory Farming
41(1)
Big Chicken Comes to Roost in Kentucky
42(1)
Old MacDonald Takes a Factory Job: How Chickens Are Grown
43(5)
The Sky Is Falling
48(4)
Hog Heaven: The Pork Industry
52(13)
The Essence of Pig
54(1)
The Road to Porkopolis
55(2)
Hog Heaven or Hell?
57(3)
Miss Piggy's New Frontiers
60(5)
The Human Price of Our Meat
65(17)
The Jungle
65(4)
``On to Organize''
69(4)
``It Don't Pay Great''
73(2)
On the Line
75(4)
``A Lot of People Leave''
79(3)
On the Floor at Running Iron Beef
82(17)
The Walkout
82(1)
Anthropologists in The Jungle
82(1)
Managing Running Iron Beef
83(4)
Corporate and Work Cultures at Running Iron Beef
87(8)
Cultural and Language Differences
95(1)
Our Final Report and Its Impact
96(3)
Garden City, Kansas: Trophy Buckle on the Beef Belt
99(18)
The World's Largest Beef Plant and Beefpacking's Golden Triangle
99(1)
The Fastest Growing Town in Kansas
100(1)
The Changing Relations Project
101(2)
Will It Ever Settle Down? Garden City, 1980--2000
103(10)
Twenty Years after the Packers Came to Town
113(1)
Garden City's Future
114(3)
Don't Shoot the Messenger: Technical Assistance to Packinghouse Towns
117(16)
The Pliancy Factor
118(1)
Community Development Models
119(1)
Hope for the Best and Prepare for the Worst
120(4)
Community Study Teams: The Ideal and the Real
124(2)
What Can Host Communities Do, and When Must They Do It?
126(5)
The Way Forward
131(2)
Not in My Backyard: Community Opposition to the Meat and Poultry Industry
133(13)
Western Kentucky's Tour de Stench
134(2)
The Sierra Club Takes on Big Chicken
136(1)
The Future of Farming in Western Kentucky
137(1)
A Fight Lost, A Fight to Be Won: Big Pig in Alberta
138(1)
Let the Match Recommence
139(4)
The Decision and Its Aftermath
143(1)
Not in My Backyard, Reprise
144(2)
Food for Thought
146(13)
There's Plenty More Where That Came From
147(2)
There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
149(2)
Meat Me in the Legislature
151(1)
Meat Me in Court
152(2)
Sustainable Agriculture in Western Europe
154(1)
It's Better Down Under!
155(1)
Voting with Your Stomach
155(2)
The Meat and Poultry Industry: History Repeated?
157(2)
References 159(11)
Index 170


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