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An investigative journalist takes you inside the corporate meat industry—a shocking, in-depth report every American
The biggest takeover in American business that you’ve n ever heard of
The American supermarket seems to represent the best in America: abundance, freedom, choice. But that turns out to be an
illusion. The rotisserie chicken, the pepperoni, the cordon bleu, the frozen pot pie, and the bacon virtually all come
from four companies.
In The Meat Racket, investigative reporter Christopher Leonard delivers the first-ever account of how a handful of
companies have seized the nation’s meat supply. He shows how they built a system that puts farmers on the edge of
bankruptcy, charges high prices to consumers, and returns the industry to the shape it had in the 1900s before the meat
monopolists were broken up. At the dawn of the twenty-first century, the greatest capitalist country in the world has an
oligarchy controlling much of the food we eat and a high-tech sharecropping system to make that possible.
Forty years ago, more than thirty-six companies produced half of all the chicken Americans ate. Now there are only three
that make that amount, and they control every aspect of the process, from the egg to the chicken to the chicken nugget.
These companies are even able to raise meat prices for consumers while pushing down the price they pay to farmers. And
tragically, big business and politics have derailed efforts to change the system.
We know that it takes big companies to bring meat to the American table. What The Meat Racket shows is that this
industrial system is rigged against all of us. In that sense, Leonard has exposed our heartland’s biggest scandal.