The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food by Ted GenowaysThe Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food by Ted Genoways

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

byTed Genoways

Paperback | October 20, 2015

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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 production, leading to inhumane conditions, increased accidents, and food of questionable, often dangerous quality. In The Chain, acclaimed journalist Ted Genoways uses the story of Hormel Foods and its most famous product, Spam—a recession-era staple—to probe the state of the meatpacking industry, from Minnesota to Iowa and Nebraska. Interviewing scores of line workers, union leaders, hog farmers, and local politicians and activists, Genoways reveals an industry pushed to its breaking point.

A searching exposé in the tradition of Upton Sinclair, Rachel Carson, and Eric Schlosser, The Chain is a mesmerizing story and an urgent warning about the hidden costs of the food we eat.

Ted Genoways served as the editor of theVirginia Quarterly Reviewfrom 2003 to 2012, during which time the magazine won six National Magazine Awards. He is a contributing editor atMother Jonesand an editor-at-large atOnEarth, and is a winner of the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. He is a fourth-generation Nebraskan an...
Title:The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our FoodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:October 20, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062288768

ISBN - 13:9780062288769


Rated 3 out of 5 by from An interesting but dense read This book defines in-depth investigative journalism. An inherently interesting read for anyone interested in the politics of factory farming. It exclusively focuses on the evolution of one company, Hormel, from its birth as a family business to the corporate powerhouse it is today. I did however find the book a bit 'too dense' with information that may have taken away from the main message. It seemed to jump around a bit chronologically. Lots of acronyms and names - it hurt my brain a little. If you're more into historical, detail oriented non-fiction you will enjoy this book. If you prefer a 'big-picture', easy read I would look elsewhere.
Date published: 2017-03-07

Editorial Reviews

The Chain[is an] important [book], well worth reading, full of compelling stories, genuine outrage and the careful exposure of corporate lies.”