** In Meat We Trust by Maureen Ogle

In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected History of Carnivore America tells the history of the meat industry and demonstrates how it evolves to suit consumer demand and profit-seeking both. The author does a great job of showing how each change in the business model, whether it’s shipping carcasses to the city rather than live cattle or leasing chicks to farmers rather than buying them, comes with great benefits for the new players and pain for the ones that are displaced. She also shows how consumers’ demands for cheap food above and beyond taste led to some questionable changes — and alas the modern demands for more healthy meats may not improve taste either!

That said, the topic does not make for a page turner…


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