Maryn McKenna

http://marynmckenna.com/

Maryn McKenna an award-winning journalist and the author of two critically acclaimed books, Superbug and Beating Back the Devil. She is a contributor to National Geographic and writes for The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Wired, Scientific American, Slate, Modern Farmer and others. She is a senior fellow of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and her 2015 TED talk, "What do we do when antibiotics don't work anymore?" has been viewed more than one million times.

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Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats

In this eye-opening exposé, acclaimed health journalist and National Geographic contributer Maryn McKenna documents how antibiotics transformed chicken from local delicacy to industrial commodity—and human health threat—uncovering the ways we can make America’s favorite meat safer again.

What you eat matters—for your health, for the environment, and for future generations. In this riveting investigative narrative, McKenna dives deep into the world of modern agriculture by way of chicken: from the farm where it’s raised directly to your dinner table. Consumed more than any other meat in the United States, chicken is emblematic of today’s mass food-processing practices and their profound influence on our lives and health. Tracing its meteoric rise from scarce treat to ubiquitous global commodity, McKenna reveals the astounding role of antibiotics in industrial farming, documenting how and why “wonder drugs” revolutionized the way the world eats—and not necessarily for the better. Rich with scientific, historical, and cultural insights, this spellbinding cautionary tale shines a light on one of America’s favorite foods—and shows us the way to safer, healthier eating for ourselves and our children.