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The Meat Racket

The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business

By Christopher Leonard
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The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business by Christopher Leonard

The Meat Racket (2014) tells the bleak story of how a few giant corporations managed to monopolize the entire meat market in the United States. Through cunning business strategy, massive loans and a fair amount of bullying, companies like Tyson Foods rule the meat industry virtually unchallenged.

  • Anyone interested in the state of modern agriculture
  • Fast food lovers who believe their chicken nuggets come from Old McDonald’s farm
  • Anyone hoping for a better understanding of where their food originates

Christopher Leonard is a fellow at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy institute, and has worked as an agribusiness reporter for the Associated Press. The Meat Racket is his first best-selling book.


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