Big Chicken

The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats
Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this eye-opening expose, acclaimed health journalist and National Geographic contributor Maryn McKenna documents how antibiotics transformed chicken from local delicacy to industrial commodity - and human health threat - uncovering the ways we can make America's favorite meat safer again.

What you eat matters - for your health, for the environment, and for future generations. In this riveting investigative narrative, McKenna dives deep into the world of modern agriculture by way of chicken: from the farm where it's raised directly to your dinner table. Consumed more than any other meat in the United States, chicken is emblematic of today's mass food-processing practices and their profound influence on our lives and health. Tracing its meteoric rise from scarce treat to ubiquitous global commodity, McKenna reveals the astounding role of antibiotics in industrial farming, documenting how and why "wonder drugs" revolutionized the way the world eats - and not necessarily for the better. Rich with scientific, historical, and cultural insights, this spellbinding cautionary tale shines a light on one of America's favorite foods - and teaches us the way to safer, healthier eating for ourselves and our children.

©2017 Maryn McKenna (P)2018 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"In this well-written exposé, McKenna (Superbug) dissects the controversy of the routine use of antibiotics to fatten chicken, which has led to the rise of drug-resistant bacteria.... Throughout, McKenna offers spot-on commentary on the dangerous additives in chickens and concludes on a relatively hopeful note." (Publishers Weekly)

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Xe Sands is a great narrator!

Good book, delightful listen! Book was well researched and didn’t try to push the agricultural agenda one way or the other. Successful farms were profiled and I don’t think the author out any excessive embellishments on the narrative (as so happens in writing about rural America and agriculture in general).

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