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The meat industry routinely seeks to site large farms in poorer areas that need the few jobs they provide. As with other polluting industries, this means they target people of color. In North Carolina, hog farms are the culprit. They are really nasty, both to people and the environment. Now that North Carolina is ruled […]

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 p

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 chickens grown in “approved nations.” If there’s one thing, we can count on, it’s the safety and sanitation of […]
This is a great graph on the decline of meatpacking wages compared to industrial work as a whole. All industrial work has stagnate for 35 years (real wage decline of 1.5% since 1979). Meatpacking–real wage decline by a mere 28.3%. How did this happen? Meatpacking has a somewhat unique position in the American economy. Like […]

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

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On April 11, 1986, police fired tear gas at strikers at the Hormel plant in Austin, Minnesota after UFCW Local P-9 shut down the plant by blocking the main gate to the building. 17 workers were arrested that day. The Hormel Strike was notable both for its militant local and the reluctance of the UFCW […]
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