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The Meat Racket


Just a handful of companies raise nearly all the meat consumed in America, and among them, Tyson Foods is king. According to the journalist Christopher Leonard, Tyson wrote the blueprint for modern meat production. He says there’s no better way to understand how our food is produced than to know how the company works. In a new book, Leonard explores how Tyson mastered the economics of factory farming to rise to the top, and how it transformed rural America and the middle class economy in the process. He joins us Monday to talk about it.

Christopher Leonard is the Schmidt Family Fellow at the New America Foundation. His new book is called The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business [Amazon|Indiebound].