Slaughterhouse Blues The Meat and Poultry Industry in North America

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-01-30
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing

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SLAUGHTERHOUSE BLUES: THE MEAT AND POULTRY INDUSTRY IN NORTH AMERICA draws on more than 20 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. Features a forward by Eric Schlosser. The second edition includes updated demographic information as well as a new chapter, "Is Meat Murder?" that examines the ethics of meat eating.

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
Preface to the Second Editionp. xxi
Introductionp. 1
The Tourp. 1
Studying the Meat and Poultry Industryłand Whyp. 5
Setting the Tablep. 11
More Inputs, Fewer Farmsp. 12
Eat In or Eat Out?p. 14
Agricultural Industrializationp. 15
Consequences of Agricultural Industrialization for the Meat and Poultry Industryp. 17
Conclusionsp. 24
From Roundups to Restructuring: The Beef Industryp. 27
A Branding on the Flying Vp. 27
The Cattle Kingdomp. 32
Home on the Range: The Short, Happy Life of a Beef Cowp. 35
Go West, Young Steer, Go Westp. 37
From Hogsheads to Disassembly Lines: The Rise of the Meatpacking Industryp. 38
Beef packing Moves to the Country: Relocating and Restructuring the Industryp. 41
Chicken Little, Chicken Big: The Poultry Industryp. 42
Down on the Farmp. 42
Poultry Production and Consumption in the Early Twentieth Centuryp. 42
Mrs. Steele's Chicks: The Birth of the Modern Poultry Industryp. 44
Industrializing, Integrating, and Marketing the Chickenp. 46
Contract Growing and Factory Farmingp. 48
Big Chicken Comes to Roost in Kentuckyp. 48
Old MacDonald Takes a Factory Job: How Chickens Are Grown, 1998p. 50
The Sky Is Fallingp. 55
Deus Ex Machinap. 58
Justice Deniedp. 59
Hog Heaven: The Pork Industryp. 62
The Essence of Pigp. 65
The Road to Porkopolisp. 66
Hog Heaven or Hell?p. 67
Miss Piggy's New Frontiersp. 71
Is Meat Murder?p. 75
Animal Liberationp. 77
Twenty-First Century Abolitionistsp. 78
"Nature Is Cruel, but We Don't Have to Be"p. 80
Cruel and Unusual Punishmentp. 81
"Confined Is Not Kind"p. 83
Happier Mealsp. 85
So, Is Meat Murder?p. 87
The Human Price of Our Meatp. 89
The Junglep. 89
"On to Organize"p. 93
"It Don't Pay Great"p. 99
Meatpacking Has Always Been Dangerousp. 100
On the Linep. 102
"A Lot of People Leave"p. 106
On the Floor at Running Iron Beefp. 109
The Walkoutp. 109
Anthropologists in the Junglep. 110
Managing Running Iron Beefp. 111
Running Iron Beef's Workforcep. 112
Labor Issuesp. 113
Corporate and "Work Cultures at Running Iron Beefp. 115
Cultural and Language Differencesp. 124
Our Final Report and Its Impactp. 126
Garden City, Kansas: Harvest of Changep. 130
Beefpacking's Golden Trianglep. 130
The Fastest Growing Town in Kansasp. 131
The Changing Relations Projectp. 132
Will It Ever Settle Down?p. 134
What Goes Up Must Come Downp. 135
Garden City's Great Big Meat Adventure: 30 Years and Countingp. 145
Don't Shoot the Messenger: Technical Assistance to Packinghouse Townsp. 150
The Pliancy Factorp. 151
Community Development Modelsp. 152
Hope for the Best and Prepare for the Worstp. 153
Brooks: "City of a Hundred Hellos"p. 158
Community Study Teams: The Ideal and the Realp. 160
What Can Host Communities Do, and When Must They Do It?p. 162
The Way Forwardp. 167
Not in My Backyard: Community Opposition to the Meat and Poultry Industryp. 169
Western Kentucky's Tour de Stenchp. 170
The Sierra Club Takes on Big Chickenp. 173
A Fight Lost, a Fight to Be Won: Big Pig in Albertap. 174
Let the Match Recommencep. 175
The Decision and Its Aftermathp. 179
Save Our Jobs!p. 181
Food for Thoughtp. 183
Brave New Animal Woddp. 184
How Now Mad Cow in the United States?p. 187
What's in That Ham Sandwich?p. 188
Plenty More Where That Came Fromp. 189
Meatpacking and Uncle Samp. 192
Meat Me in Courtp. 194
No Such Thing as a Free Lunchp. 194
Organic and Naturalp. 196
Voting with Your Stomachp. 199
The Meat and Poultry Industry: History Repeated?p. 201
Referencesp. 203
Indexp. 221
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