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The Bookshelf: Oct. 25, 2016

In this week’s Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Chickenizing Farms and Food.

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CHICKENIZING FARMS AND FOOD How Industrial Meat Production Endangers Workers, Animals, and Consumers

by Ellen K. Silbergeld

Silbergeld argues that, whether we like it or not, agriculture has become an industry and ought to be treated as such, which means much more government oversight than is currently in place. Of particular concern, she feels, is the amount of antimicrobials fed to chickens and other poultry and passed along to the humans who eat them, leading to the creation of drug-resistant bacteria. She carefully unravels the history of adding antimicrobials to feed and makes a convincing case that they do little to prevent infection—cleaning the poultry houses is far more effective—and that they are “risking the loss of the crown jewel of modern medicine, the ability to prevent and cure deadly infections with antimicrobial drugs.” An insightful book that should be of interest to anyone who eats food, animal or not.

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