Interviewing scores of line workers, union leaders, hog farmers, and local politicians and activists, Genoways reveals an industry pushed to its breaking point. Along the way, he exposes alarming new trends: sick or permanently disabled workers, abused animals, water and soil pollution, and mounting conflict between small towns and immigrant labor.
"Good and informative but not easy"
It started with a court battle over mayonnaise. In October 2014, Unilever, the multinational food titan, sued Hampton Creek, a small food-technology company, for false advertising. Unilever, which owns Hellmann’s and Best Foods mayonnaise, was contesting the name of Hampton Creek’s competing product, Just Mayo, a vegan substitute that uses yellow peas in place of eggs.
The farm-by-farm fight between China and the United Statesto dominate the global food supply.
Climate change is making the Texas Panhandle too hot and dry to raise beef.