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The Chain - Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food-logo

The Chain - Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food

Ted Genoways

On the production line in American packinghouses, there is one cardinal rule: the chain never slows. Under pressure to increase supply, the supervisors of meat-processing plants have routinely accelerated the pace of conveyors, leading to inhumane conditions, increased accidents, and food of questionable and often dangerous quality. In The Chain, acclaimed journalist Ted Genoways uses the story of Hormel Foods and its most famous product, Spam, to probe the state of the meatpacking industry. 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.

On the production line in American packinghouses, there is one cardinal rule: the chain never slows. Under pressure to increase supply, the supervisors of meat-processing plants have routinely accelerated the pace of conveyors, leading to inhumane conditions, increased accidents, and food of questionable and often dangerous quality. In The Chain, acclaimed journalist Ted Genoways uses the story of Hormel Foods and its most famous product, Spam, to probe the state of the meatpacking industry. 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.
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On the production line in American packinghouses, there is one cardinal rule: the chain never slows. Under pressure to increase supply, the supervisors of meat-processing plants have routinely accelerated the pace of conveyors, leading to inhumane conditions, increased accidents, and food of questionable and often dangerous quality. In The Chain, acclaimed journalist Ted Genoways uses the story of Hormel Foods and its most famous product, Spam, to probe the state of the meatpacking industry. 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Kramer

Length:

8h 30m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

06:55


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

35:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

38:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

29:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

32:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

24:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

22:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

33:38


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

34:34


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

25:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

28:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

23:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

34:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

27:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

34:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

31:54


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:59