Every Twelve Seconds

Author: Timothy Pachirat
ISBN: 9780300192483
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A political scientist goes undercover in a modern industrial slaughterhouse for this twenty-first-century update of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle


Author: Sasha Lilley
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 160486589X
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Catastrophism explores the politics of apocalypse - on the left and right, in the environmental movement - and examines why the lens of catastrophe can distort our understanding of the dynamics at the heart of these numerous disasters - and fatally impede our ability to transform the world. Lilley, McNally, Yuen, and Davis probe the reasons why catastrophic thinking is so prevalent, and challenge the belief that it is only out of the ashes that a better society may be born. The authors argue that those who care about social justice and the environment should jettison doomsaying - even as it relates to indisputably apocalyptic climate change. Far from calling people to arms, they suggest, catastrophic fear often results in passivity and paralysis - and, at worst, reactionary politics."--pub. desc.


Author: Gail A. Eisnitz
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1615920080
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Slaughterhouse is the first book of its kind to explore the impact that unprecedented changes in the meatpacking industry over the last twenty-five years — particularly industry consolidation, increased line speeds, and deregulation — have had on workers, animals, and consumers. It is also the first time ever that workers have spoken publicly about what’s really taking place behind the closed doors of America’s slaughterhouses. In this new paperback edition, author Gail A. Eisnitz brings the story up to date since the book’s original publication. She describes the ongoing efforts by the Humane Farming Association to improve conditions in the meatpacking industry, media exposés that have prompted reforms resulting in multimillion dollar appropriations by Congress to try to enforce federal inspection laws, and a favorable decision by the Supreme Court to block construction of what was slated to be one of the largest hog factory farms in the country. Nonetheless, Eisnitz makes it clear that abuses continue and much work still needs to be done.

Works in Progress

Author: Jenny Leigh Smith
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300210310
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This book is the first to investigate the gap between the plans and the reality of the Soviet Union’s mid-twentieth-century project to industrialize and modernize its agricultural system. Historians agree that the project failed badly: agriculture was inefficient, unpredictable, and environmentally devastating for the entire Soviet period. Yet assigning the blame exclusively to Soviet planners would be off the mark. The real story is much more complicated and interesting, Jenny Leigh Smith reveals in this deeply researched book. Using case studies from five Soviet regions, she acknowledges hubris and shortsightedness where it occurred but also gives fair consideration to the difficulties encountered and the successes—however modest—that were achieved.

A Plague of Sheep

Author: Elinor G. K. Melville
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521574488
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This is a book about the biological conquest of the New World. Taking as a case study the sixteenth century history of a region of highland central Mexico, it shows how the environmental and social changes brought about by the introduction of Old World species aided European expansion. The book spells out in detail the environmental changes associated with the introduction of Old World grazing animals into New World ecosystems, demonstrates how these changes enabled the Spanish takeover of land, and explains how environmental changes shaped the colonial societies.

Becoming Salmon

Author: Marianne Elisabeth Lien
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520280571
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"Becoming Salmon is the first ethnographic account of salmon aquaculture, the most recent turn in the human history of animal domestication. As fish are enrolled in new regimes of marine domestication, traditional distinctions between fish and animals are reconfigured, recasting farmed fish as sentient beings, capable of feeling pain and subject to animal welfare legislation. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in Norway and Australia, the author traces farmed Atlantic salmon through contemporary industrial practices, and shows how salmon are bred to be hungry, globally mobile, and alien in their watersheds of origin. Attentive to the economic context of industrial food production as well as the mundane practices of caring for fish, it offers novel perspectives on domestication, human-animal relations, and food production"--Provided by publisher.

Coca Globalization

Author: Robert J. Foster
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230603868
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This book explores globalization through a historical and anthropological study of how familiar soft drinks such as Coke and Pepsi became valued as more than mere commodities. Foster discusses the transnational operations of soft drink companies and, in particular, the marketing of soft drinks in Papua New Guinea, a country only recently opened up to the flow of brand name consumer goods. Based on field observations and interviews, as well as archival and library research, this book is of interest to anyone concerned about the cultural consequences and political prospects of globalization, including new forms of consumer citizenship and corporate social responsibility.

Raisin Bran and Other Cereal Wars

Author: George Franklin
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1491739207
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WHAT THEY DIDN'T TEACH YOU IN BUSINESS SCHOOL - AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. Powerful corporate interests use their lobbyists to wield influence. They impact our daily lives, but who are they and how do they operate? In this tell-it-like-it-is casual narrative, the reader gets an inside look at the life of a corporate lobbyist from someone who lived it. The book takes you from fundraisers, to the halls of Congress, to the White House and on to China, South Africa and Mexico with a stop at ground zero just days after 9/11. Raisin Bran and Other Cereal Wars provides unique insights into the widely misunderstood role of corporate government relations and how it affects public policy. It is the go-to source for anyone interested in learning more about the complex and stimulating confluence of business, law, lobbying and politics.

CAFO concentrated Animal Feeding Operation

Author: Dan Imhoff
Publisher: Earth Aware Editions
ISBN: 9781601090584
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CAFO : The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories provides an unprecedented view of concentrated animal feeding operations, where increasing amounts of the world's meat, milk, eggs, and seafood are produced. As the photos and essays in this powerful book demonstrate, the rise of the CAFO industry around the world has become one of the most pressing issues of our time. Industrial livestock production is now a leading source of climate-changing emissions, a source of both freshwater and ocean pollution, and a significant contributor to diet-related diseases such as obesity and the spread of food-borne illnesses. The intensive concentration of animals in such crammed and filthy conditions dependent on antibiotic medicines and steady streams of subsidized industrial feeds poses serious moral and ethical concerns for all of us.