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THE CHAIN: Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food by Ted Genoways. Copyright © 2014 by Ted Genoways. Published by arrangement with Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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Award-winning journalist Ted Genoways exposes practices in America’s pork-producing industry so upsetting that you may change what you eat. Genoways alleges that meat-packing giant Hormel Foods tolerated unhealthy working conditions and animal mistreatment. He asserts that focusing on profit alone can distort a company’s humanitarian values. He discusses intolerance for immigrants who arrive, legally or illegally, seeking better lives for their families. While noting that the summary reflects the author’s observations and opinions, getAbstract recommends his timely health messages, business warnings and concern for animal welfare to anyone interested in corporate responsibility, immigration and eating healthily.
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- How your food choices affect food production practices;
- How controversy emerged over Hormel Foods’ approach to worker and product safety, and to animals; and
- How communities and the government mistreat undocumented workers.
About the Author
Writer and Mother Jones contributing editor Ted Genoways won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. He also wrote two books of poems and a biography titled Walt Whitman and the Civil War. He won a National Press Club Award and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, and he has received NEA and Guggenheim fellowships.
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