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Poultry and Pampers

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On May 15, 2016
I talk all the time about horrible working conditions in the developing world. Many of those workers are producing goods for American companies, but usually through a supply chain. But American companies producing within the United States want to replicate those conditions domestically. Sometimes they can, especially in the meat industry. A new report by […]

The Pull of Pollo

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On February 8, 2016

I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts, but one that I do like is Gravy, the podcast of the Southern Foodways Alliance. This podcast on how the chicken industry has utterly transformed Springdale,

What Could Go Wrong

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On February 27, 2015
Good ol’ regulatory capture: Department of Agriculture edition from Tom Philpott: Their comments focus on three Hormel-associated plants, which are among just five hog facilities enrolled in a pilot inspection program run by the USDA. In the regular oversight system, USDA-employed inspectors are stationed along the kill line, charged with ensuring that conditions are as […]

Chinese Chicken

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On November 7, 2014

I know my trust in the quality of the chicken I eat (not that I eat very much) is really reinforced by the United States now accepting Chinese imports of cooked chicken products that come from chicken

Concealment. This is primary benefit of outsourcing work and supplies from the United States. That goods are produced far, far away from the eyes of consumers benefits the corporations tremendously. It means that when the Rana Plaza factory in Savar, Bangladesh collapses, no Americans see the deaths that result from a system that provides them […]

Poultry Plants

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On April 29, 2014

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a federal complaint against conditions in an Alabama poultry factory. Beatriz Navedo began to feel dizzy as she worked a processing line at the Wayne Farms po

I strongly recommend Michele Simon’s article on how Tyson Foods and the USDA have pushed forward drastic increases in chicken production line speeds that would increase the profits of meat companies at the cots of workers’ lives: But let’s back up a bit. As Mother Jones magazine explained last year, “Currently, each factory-scale slaughterhouse has […]
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