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

Marriott Conference Center B presented by Atlanta Pro AV

Saturday, 12:30-1:15

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. 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. 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.


Maryn McKenna

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.


Leah Garces

Leah Garces is the USA Executive Director at Compassion in World Farming ( She is an animal advocate who partners with some of the largest food companies in the world to improve their animal welfare policies and practices. Her work has been featured in many national media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Buzzfeed, Vice Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune amongst others. Garces is a contributing author to Huffington Post and Food Safety News and a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council. She leads a team that provides strategic and technical advice to food businesses to advance policies and practices that result in measurable improvements for farm animals. In 2016 alone, her team partnered with global food companies to make commitments that will improve the lives of over 300 million farmed animals annually. CIWF USA was the recipient of an Open Philanthropy Grant in 2016. Garces serves as the Chair of the Global Animal Partnership, one of only three animal welfare certification programs in the United States. She is also the mom of three incredible kids.