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In Meat We Trust

An Unexpected History of Carnivore America
Ogle, Maureen (Book - 2013)
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The untold story of how meat made America. The moment European settlers arrived in North America, they began transforming the land into a meat-eater's paradise. Long before revolution turned colonies into nation, Americans were eating meat on a scale the Old World could neither imagine nor provide: an average European was lucky to see meat once a week, while even a poor American man put away about two hundred pounds a year. Maureen Ogle guides us from that colonial paradise through the urban meat-making factories of the nineteenth century to the hyperefficient packing plants of the late twentieth century. From Swift and Armour to Tyson, Cargill, and ConAgra. From the 1880s cattle bonanza to 1980s feedlots. From agribusiness to today's "local" meat suppliers and organic countercuisine. Along the way, Ogle explains how Americans' carnivorous demands shaped urban landscapes, Midwestern prairies, and Western ranges, and how the American system of meat making became a source of both pride and controversy.--From publisher description.
Authors: Ogle, Maureen
Title: In meat we trust
an unexpected history of carnivore America
Published: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2013]
Characteristics: xiii, 368 pages ;,24 cm
Contents: Carnivore America
"We Are Here to Make Money"
The (High) Price of Success
Factories, Farmers, and Chickens
"How Can We Go Wrong?"
The Vacuum at the Top
The Doubters' Crusade
Utopian Visions, Red Tape Reality.
Summary: The untold story of how meat made America. The moment European settlers arrived in North America, they began transforming the land into a meat-eater's paradise. Long before revolution turned colonies into nation, Americans were eating meat on a scale the Old World could neither imagine nor provide: an average European was lucky to see meat once a week, while even a poor American man put away about two hundred pounds a year. Maureen Ogle guides us from that colonial paradise through the urban meat-making factories of the nineteenth century to the hyperefficient packing plants of the late twentieth century. From Swift and Armour to Tyson, Cargill, and ConAgra. From the 1880s cattle bonanza to 1980s feedlots. From agribusiness to today's "local" meat suppliers and organic countercuisine. Along the way, Ogle explains how Americans' carnivorous demands shaped urban landscapes, Midwestern prairies, and Western ranges, and how the American system of meat making became a source of both pride and controversy.--From publisher description.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 0151013403
9780151013401
Branch Call Number: 664.9 OGL
Statement of Responsibility: Maureen Ogle
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 324-358) and index.
Subject Headings: Food preferences United States. Meat industry and trade United States. Meat Social aspects United States.
Topical Term: Food preferences
Meat industry and trade
Meat
LCCN: 2013026083
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