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In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected History of Carnivore America

In her new book “In Meat We Trust,” author Maureen Ogle argues the meat industry has evolved into what it is today because that’s what consumers asked for.

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When it comes to the meat industry, there is no shortage of opinion about whether large meat producers and packers are good or bad, but how and why did meat production become so controversial? How did we arrive at the production model we use today?

Author Maureen Ogle says that early in American history eating meat was a symbol of status and that consumers demanded low cost meat for their families. That, in addition to industrialization and the move of many Americans from rural areas to cities, is all a part of the very complex history of meat production in America. This hour on Focus, Ogle talks about her new book “In Meat We Trust,” with host Jim Meadows. She’ll tell us more about why most of the meat we consume comes from a large factory farm rather than from a small family owned farm and about why Americans eat so much chicken.

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    america is a country raised on meat produce lots of it and eat lunch
    the date of the first European settlers way Americans treated wood supply
    supply affordable meat is practically are birthright livestock in meatpacking
    packing industries of come up with ways of satisfying back to me some of the message

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    message for this is what writer Marino CLE says that for better or worse
    does message server our desire for cheap in plentiful meet Jim Adams
    Marino Chronicles Americas cravings and the industry that feed
    what feeds it in her book in me tweet rust guest today on Fox

    are program continues after the news
    welcome to focus on Jim meadows in a little confession here I eat meat

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    usually at every meal even more frequently than that because the snack
    snack machine in the building where I work offers a couple of meat products to something that I don’t
    I don’t think would have been the case of the decades ago there’s a lot of debate about to wake me
    meat is produced in the US in meats role in the American diet but there’s nothing new
    new about the fact that the US produces and consumes a tremendous amount
    amount of meat and our guest today Marino goals has the farmers and meat
    meat packers do what they do in meat production order to satisfy a long stay

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    standing demand for the product Marino go lives in Iowa she has written
    previously about beer history of Key West Florida an indoor pool
    indoor plumbing at least indoor plumbing in America newest book is in meat We Trust
    trust in unexpected history of carnivore America published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Harcourt and marina welcome to focus thanks for having me I appreciate you
    Marine the first of surprising thing I learn from reading a book
    is how is how much a mother how long has been a part of the Mack

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    American died and I mean a primary part of the American diet ever since
    apparently the first European settlers came here it seems Americans have been
    7 a custom to eating meat eating a lot of meat much more so than other people
    people around the world upright and II should just tell your listeners a backdrop
    drop to the store and I have no no agenda
    I’m not at fault in food store in and when I set up to write a book I knew absolutely
    nothing about me to Serena merica not one iota high school

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    um because I prefer to write about things I don’t know anything about so so I thought what where am I
    where am I going to start and I decided to just look at the colonial period syncing
    something roll over there and I was flabbergasted to discover where to learn
    turn that says you say when a white Europeans came to
    into North America in the early 1600s the greatest cultural shock to say
    experience was that there was an infinite amount of
    how to plant now they had come from World War both Lands End food

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    scarce came here and realize that the purposes everyone here
    here is well as the Kings back in England the Kings back in Europe and they proceed
    proceeded to turn North America into a livestock in MTG
    vana one way they did this again I didn’t know this
    this is very interesting to me um Native Americans did not
    not keep anything message life sucks a8 primarily venison and other games
    no animals they had no Barnesville fences nothing in from the white people active

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    thats that allow them from any accessible into the white
    European said if you don’t practice your not civilized growing crops
    native son depending on which side are you looking at group from Cincinnati
    the book well at yes is a certain group crops b***
    didn’t keep animals the Europeans said you’re not a special porn
    points for you that’s right they in in European size mark of civilization
    civilized people from savages was domesticated animals

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    and that was all the justification they needed a 5 from office Lands End
    end up its started then and but by the time the revolution broke out of 1770
    76 Americans were already very well known for their prodigious
    Mediapolis type and for front what the term settled on with her son
    Even Stevens service center service with simply sit down refused
    used to work if they didn’t get me when they thought they should have it they would never have eaten at well in your world
    world weather for me go further I want to invite a question about meat from a R

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    art listeners is me to big are small part of your life are you choose
    choosey where your meat comes from or how it’s been raised or are you just
    just a proud vegetarian or vegan welcome your comments and your questions for Moreno Valley
    are toll free number at focus is 1 800 22295
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    80 make me to put this in context in info
    we’ve got to the point we were eating a meat 3 times a day here is that
    is that different in different even today in other parts of the world very much so
    we we are fun ways to meters in the world the so-called
    developed nations first world has a relatively have the need
    meet appetito vote not talk what is extreme is ours in this country upper calf
    Capital weed on average about 225 pounds of beef or chicken year

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    which means some people are eating a lot more because that’s just an average
    in the Western world in the in the First World siding
    chorus many people in the rest of the world on and that has become by the way a strain
    rain on dagger control system hear the United States because as more people in other
    other parts of the world RFA 1 day also add more me to their diet
    diet and many of those people get it from the United States or in case
    taste of China there actually find American know how is technology to foster

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    Foster the production meeting their country well that’s that brings up something
    ask you about and that’s the recent acquisition buy a Chinese company
    Smithfield which I understand its like the biggest port processor in the United States
    and it’s against the son of assumption is that the new owners of Smith
    Smithfield the sides leaning on their breasts on their on their know how is ripe
    Francisco to channel a lot of the production of vagina the price is the
    the entire episode what happened what about 6 months ago I guess now went wrong

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    song we bought Smithfield Smithfield is the largest American bass company is the largest producer
    are in the world um a Chinese company bought this and I was fascinated because
    Chinese now are exactly where Americans were about 130 years ago
    urban development understanding agriculture and meat production in this country
    tree man vast majority of living cities
    obviously about city people is so obvious that most of us forget we don’t make our own food
    reliance Farmers the Chinese now or in that in that situation they are intentionally

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    nationally building an urban infrastructure because they’re trying to get
    how to get more people into science and manufacturing in of arms and that means that there at
    agricultural population has to become infinitely more efficient than it is now
    now and Chong we made a very savvy decision they simply boss
    the best pork producing technology in the world when they bought Smithfield
    food up because they want the technology to feed
    what is become rapidly becoming the largest urban society in the world gargantuan

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    when compared any other place the same thing I my dad at Tyson recently announced
    gin setting up is American style poultry chicken farm
    Farms for the production in China just going to transplant that technology wholesale
    China the Chinese are still operating with a relatively
    relatively primitive agriculture is not it is not enough to feed
    urban populations are going to have to step it up real fast so there’s a fine art
    are electoral know how you know I’m looking at on an op-ed piece

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    peace in the New York Post and I this is just from a couple of days ago Express Inc
    concern about all the Smiths is a sales Smitty of Smithfield does the Shaun White
    Conway snoting that does alot of export to Japan what you know export alibi
    buy a Chinese company um but also what they feel is a Lhasa
    Ocelot of town is far is American companies in the American beat production system
    system is involved is concerned is this going to
    going to make a difference in the meat supply in the US

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    well here hear the sword of a complicated answer that but for me this is become the cross
    what is the issue as I’m expecting any of your listeners know there’s a tremendous bass
    going on in this country about agriculture in general but about the production in particular
    many critics would like to dismantle our existing system
    don’t like to find much for the Wii have small family farms
    arms with diverse cropping in livestock and that all be organic
    my take on that is the best of very foolish movie

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    we Americans have invested over four centuries we have invested
    extraordinary amount of intellectual and monetary capital
    building a kind of agricultural system we have if we turn our backs on that we go back to this
    what is the sum Emagine Royal Idol where you know little family farms
    applying for food and everything is local we’re going to be giving away a tremendous
    mount not just a economically in terms of our national
    national identity not just a beacon of hope for the world we have 44 Century City

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    world way back in the colonial period why does farmers worshiping pack meat abroad
    broad and um if we decide to give that up I can tell you
    categorically that some country will step forward and take that over that roll
    do it will likely be the Chinese because you’re being very aggressive about buying
    the signs of Technology wee wee wee people think long and hard before
    before they pass out of the baby in the bath water when I’m sad and I should know to New York
    New York Post writer on Diane Francis II think would what does ceasing so

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    least partly your way but other the the
    the point of view you’re talking about might be in capsulated in another artist
    article obscene on the other Smithfield acquisition by son
    buy Segway and that’s Mark Bittman in the New York Times write you sound
    sounds like you for that day before of course I have yes and I’m just trying to look at a relevant
    even while he is expressing concerns expressing concern in a
    the different contacts um in terms of

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    you know in terms of the loss of this beat production stream to the US
    um he writes almost anything that reduces consumption of industrial eat
    really produced meat is a plus reducing its production is
    is equally important and there’s the rub industrial produced meat
    um is it did sounds like a bit of a buzz word but its and it’s
    it sounds like what you just said not the not this is not not a phrase that you’re really into
    212 th don’t want to pick up

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    who again in case you don’t know us started out as a food writer for The New York Times
    now become their leading boys for agricultural reform
    my complaint about people like Mark Bittman and Michael pollen
    one and Alice Waters is they
    this is going to be in critical of them I guess maybe I am say have a very simplistic
    view of the role that agriculture place and there
    simplistic view has let them to Impractical alternative dandy to think about

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    about getting rid of industrial life sucks Mike like to do
    who is sandy to talk about decreasing meat consumption which mall hours
    decrease or reliance industrial systems but none of them are coming up
    with Bible alternative to that’s a some other then we just
    I don’t think that practical II I just
    just dont think its practical to assume that everybody out there is going to be around the world
    is going to suddenly stop eating meat if we get rid of this

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    is this so called industrial system and that’s their term for it we need practical
    Rachael alternatives and I’m not see that coming from their Direction there there’s a little
    little bit of pie in the sky going on and its its not
    it’s not it does not add to a very productive discussion if I change agriculture we gotta think
    really hard about what’s going to happen if we do that I’m not
    not I don’t want to sound like I’m a cheerleader for so-called industrial life
    what production I’m just saying it’s going to be a practical and very real price to pay

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    hey everybody on the planet if we do this so let’s think about it what do you think that in
    set in terms of people riding the media button terms of people who
    people who trained the levers of a off of me production of the country on the market for meeting this country
    it’s such a thing but actually happen well that’s that
    what people like Mark Bittman again I’m not trying to pick up more fitness
    mark I am sure he believes in his heart what are you doing
    its it’s just not that simple and I think that people like him are

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    are represent frankly of a very vocal
    well organized minorities you I’m pretty sure that if I walk down the street
    where where I live in Ames Iowa knock on doors and ask my neighbors are you looking for what you know
    what you know about local food do you know who Michael Pollan is 40 questions like that I think I would
    mostly blank stares I think that most people in this country
    don’t really think very hard about the agricultural system
    and who complain that because we are so surrounded by food we just

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    we just don’t really think about it the end and that’s why I fear that when people like that
    safe we got to decrease we can something so that we can get rid of this system
    not necessarily wine up behind them
    until we make sure there really taken at the right direction II am hoping that my boy
    my book I have no skin in the game at all I don’t have an agenda
    and I’m just a historian I would really like people to read this book and think hard
    about the complexities this is a very very complicated issue

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    this is focus on Jim Meadows were talking about the role of meat in American life with Mirena
    Reno go she’s the author of in meat we trust in unexpected history of
    3 of carnivore America Renovo talking to us from Ames Iowa this more about her ass
    website merino cool one word doc calm if you have a
    you have a question about all the meat we eat in the USA colors of 1 800
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    wyll and ascites phone or email you can send them to us and Twitter or Facebook
    focus 580 Marine getting back to the other Smithfield
    question and the concerns you express to know about essentially the lobster bisque
    Davis meat production channel in what I gathered is a competitive industry
    treat your feet if meat production goes down at one point is it likely that
    someone is going to move into Phil of the field at Gap Smithfield
    midfield may be very good but they do but its it’s not an exclusive secret

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    with them know that’s right they just happened Smithfield has grown the size that has because
    because of the last roughly 25 years David Thorpe a lot a lot of hair
    competitors and David store long is supply chain
    Smithfield started out as a processor in the graduate acquired hog farm and actual
    hot seduction Smithfield will continue because they have Chinese owners
    does it mean your going to stop making food here in the USA absolutely will continue to do that
    should a china say well forget it you know we’re not going to let you do this in the USA

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    absolutely somebody will come along and there are Tyson for sale
    example another food giant Tyson started out of the broiler in the street
    spoilers is the technical term for chickens raised for me back in the 1940’s and 50’s
    what is the 19 late 1960s and 1970s it also in hot seduction sew in
    it is it is it is Smithfield biggest rival and it is still here the USO
    so there will always be somebody’s stuff in there is tremendous a man
    man we we like someone’s going to show up to meet

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    man up and doing it on up on a smaller simple simpler skillet
    not going to meet at a mad I see a friend again I think it sounds the lights
    white full and wonderful and I by the way eat pork that comes from a pharmacy
    about 100 miles away from where I live here in Iowa because why not and I are you
    should say that by the way I was a vegetarian for 25 years and I XL
    the average of 225 pounds your own lied about 25 pounds
    your so I can justify paying higher price b***

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    but um but um but I realize I’m totally awesome curb weight
    office so um yeah I got a man
    the other issues to stress is a couple times we don’t just make me
    are self the system that we have built up over a decade
    decade by family farmers not the corporations the family farmers Fortran
    trying to figure out how to splice a man but they also
    horse not force a have also embrace a global marketplace

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    we we ship a lot of meat products around the world and again
    this is a big complicated Wii system we have not just for us I don’t want to sound like a pig
    the global cheerleader here but this industry is very much globally connected
    and again twice what’s going to a call
    do a cooler online 1 palm in Champaign County good morning around focus high
    I think that there are a lot of good reasons to not eat meat with Euro
    your stance on this um but I think that’s what I don’t understand why you’re sore

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    firestarter of Kansas what’s before calling industrial agriculture
    culture causes premature as a very carbon intensive agriculture
    I need to change to us help deal with climate change Actually
    and that other are some people that say just by eating less meat you would be
    helping with that and I think that’s accurate
    I don’t know how you feel about that but I think we have an urgency
    that is not acknowledge by any of the stance issue 5 postres you made

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    map of weed to do something now where we wait around
    what up what kind of funeral idyllic service
    family farm environment we will be waiting 22
    too late to pick movement and I think that if you ask a person in Iowa local
    local bar if you say you prefer to have food
    grown locally I think you would find a different answers so um
    Bethel Oct in the supposed to sting

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    thank you very much for calling I ate everything that he said
    is very familiar to me and her I’m going to I’m going to give him my
    my samsung that I understand that many people think that there are problems with
    with so called industrial agriculture not just a lie South Campus crossing at
    again having sent seven years researching the book one thing I understand it
    fantasy defense build up in response to demand over many many decades in several
    generations in when it comes to environmental impact

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    impact yes it would be great if we could shift 2
    low carbon use organic agriculture that would be great
    we’re still going to have to have very large scale agriculture
    my take this world get in trouble and your own lines made out light up my
    myPay kids that given the demand for me the starting point given the demand
    the rest of the world the system we have is about as
    how is the fishing is a composite bleeding because it affects the least number of people

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    applying the most amount of food is very isolated geographically
    perfectly so that the impact on land air and water is limited Geographic
    graphically and its effects effexor
    paxil East number of people in a negative way if someone can’t figure out how to replace
    that and still produce the same amount of food with a non carbon based system
    customize a more power to the practical issues what kind of alternative
    ternative that your collar talked about in the Mark Bittman favors on Michael Pollan requires a tremendous

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    mount of Labor I’m on other things one factor that has driven the shape of a
    agriculture in the United States is lack of Labor not because farmers of the driven of Atlanta
    bite by big evil corporations because Americans prefer to live
    live in the city of people who moved town Fiore farmer say work and they say
    have struggled to figure out how to make food for all those people without anyway
    any labor the other really really big issue that none of the critics address
    is the price of land farmers compete for land with ball owners

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    and housing developers and Highway builders over and over again when I was
    why was researching for example the history of confinement in this country farmer said I can
    I can’t afford keep my animals on pastor anymore I can’t afford to pay that price for lamb of God
    I’ve gotta figure out another way to do it so I understand completely where he is coming
    coming from what’s the practical realities still have to pee
    address gotta be your your conclusion infirmary searching searching
    search history the meat industry is that seems to be that the system of

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    off of growing animals and and and and processing meat
    how for all its faults is the best we can do to meat
    meet me to the man that is out there that’s right and again
    let me just throw this intimate many of the critics like Mark Bittman Michael Paul
    Michael Pollan so forth and I’m not picking on empathy recognizable name their the bottom line
    online of the argument is not just sent this kind of Agriculture is not ecologically sustainable
    Sanibel it is also that it is said the work of corporations have to run rough

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    run roughshod over the rest of it that simply is not true that’s one
    1681 from researching the book much would the system we have now with the Sun
    define built by family farmers yes we’re working with land grants and Extension School
    cool agent to try to figure out with minimal and
    very little labor to make food for everybody that’s why I
    why I keep leaving but there’s a practical reason for why were we
    where where were at a very practical reason so I’m just trying to be the practices

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    this year okay what time is short break right now and c**
    come back and talk a little bit more I think I would like to ask Marino go about how
    how we got to the place where we are with American meat production
    action but right now let’s take a quick break this is focus on wyll
    and we’re back on focus on WI
    UIL LMG Meadows continuing talk about Mead and its role in America
    American society my guess is Marino go to write about the subject in her new book in meat

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    meet we trust an unexpected history of carnivore America published by
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Rd number here is 1 800 222
    229 455 that’s 1 800 222 w yolu
    email us at will dash talk and Illinois dot edu
    and we’re on Twitter and focus and focus 580
    ZrO im goin where to begin cause you do cover a lot of ground in your book
    book one thing I was thinking of vomit when I thought about it because of something

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    reading a book baby got to go out looking for meat and I ended up buying a package I’m not a regular
    regular bacon nearby bought a package of armor brand bacon
    is owned by a big pimple amaranth now what armor is a person or was a person
    the you write about to some degree in in your book as really buy a big
    big part of the 19th century part of the development of
    meat processing and distribution in this country right CSS
    again the book the book opens with the colonial period but I threw that pretty quickly

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    quickly in and I should tell rearsets half of the book is voted to
    second half of the 20th century because I really wanted to address a kind of hot button issues that your collar
    collar mentioned earlier but but I buy cover
    what was i thinkin um yes in here something that I didn’t
    I didn’t know of prior to the 1870s the business of
    of making it was very much in Irvine business farmers wood drive there
    there livestock overland and then when Railroad kennel on shipping by rail

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    two cities and towns every city in town and country would have had a small stockyard and more
    multiple firehouse is an even butchers what goes down to their local stockyards buy a steer
    tear take it back through the streets of the butcher shop and then go in the back
    slaughter the animals might be me being slaughtered in your neighborhood
    what might be there was absolutely what I was Franklin kind of a gas
    I didn’t know somehow I thought it was like now we’re all out there’s a country song
    somewhere away from us in the 1870s American said well we’ve had enough

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    nothing that you know a modern American slavery concerned about making urban infrastructure
    fishing is possible in is modern possible in the 1870 also Belfort
    sample centralized vs decentralized water system today
    and so they said okay we weave about had with the sickness of animal parade in all of his life
    let’s get rid of them and the idea was first to move everything into a big one
    16 centralized podcast Sox Waterhouse but then what what
    what really evolve for the purposes was the slaughter

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    gravitate toward what is now the Midwest primarily to St Louis Chicago
    cago en Kansas City became the big big
    big stockyard city 66 Waterhouse cities and people like armor
    Mansion Gustavus swift were entrepreneurs Perry
    small scale entrepreneurs who said you know he retires a plan instead of shipping these animals
    clear cross country I’m going to build a factory and figure out how to
    how to slaughter the meet the animals hear and only ship to me which offered in Norman

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    saving dollar savings consumers does anyone carcass
    is not entirely you supposed to ship a whole animal you’re going to end up with a lot of weight
    proceso people like soul armor and Gus Swift in a matter of
    founded how quickly does happens Facebook about 6 years completely over
    overturn countries were the tradition of urban making and transform
    transformed into this big Nationals System of a shipping justice
    meet people needed in leaving all the mass of the products water engine

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    just a few isolated places now you write in your book later on a drink around the
    1867 centers of a of love of off center
    slaughterhouses were moved quien so for instance over the past of the future
    decades of slaughterhouse area in Chicago is pretty much emptied out price
    and the slaughterhouse is it now in more rural areas right
    and that again I thought will you know how did how did we get from Chicago
    stockyards close in 1971 Soho Astoria Astoria say to herself

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    what the heck happened and what happened to the saying I keep waiting on that growing
    growing urban consumer demand here here is the one piece of information that helps make
    make sense of all of this when you slaughter an animal
    Americans are pretty f****** about the custody if a woman specially when it comes
    come to be for soap Packers founded when they slaughter in animal they had a lot of stuff
    stuff left over that they needed to deal with that they never Packers don’t make money
    on the actual me to self make money by using

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    using byproducts that’s what really was subsidized is the cost of a freshly Andover decade
    meat packers as Amanda Crew trying to find
    find ways to reduce their costs eliminators many any fish in Caesars possible and as
    as a result during the 1950s and 1960s meat packers begin
    can bypass ingles stockyard that was the moment when stockyards Canada Klein
    directly to the farmers livestock there and transported Waterhouse
    Potter house slaughterhouse some self moving out of those cities Chicago

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    Kansas City Sioux City St Louis because of the very very high prices
    urban real estate and because those plants have most of them has been built back in the 1890s
    very efficient could do lunch with him because they’re on period
    very expensive urban real estate Sony Packers systematically move out world areas
    where they could feel different kinds of meat packing plants that were much more efficient
    vision and help them sleep cough sound for consumers let’s go ahead and
    take another call here and I’ll from central Illinois online one this is an a good morning

    00:32:35

    morning urine Focus good morning interesting program congratulations on a historic
    NorCal ing account of a harder for eating another
    America thank you thanks on my question is as a person
    person who has cooked meat over the years in the Midwest
    and have had the opportunity to eat I’m all sorts of a different color
    different kinds of me I can still go downtown Chicago or St Louis
    Lewis and get a beautiful cut of meat and it taste like meat last

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    last 10 years what I’ve noticed in cooking me there’s a brown
    Suzy substance that comes out of meat
    what what do you think that is caused from I don’t know
    don’t know I wish I had an answer for you I die young
    I will tell you this is what I know about how many packages have
    have changed in the last 25 years as consumers become
    c** more demanding and your skirt a way in which consumers demand in this country

    00:33:45

    people want leancor they want lean beef
    they want the leanest poultry they can possibly get and the way the Packers
    try to accommodate all these b**** culinary the man
    is 5 reading animals for Specific Purposes it also help them reduced
    reduce costs are trying to find much uniformity a Steak N Out who’s the brown stuff
    stuff well if you found me like there’s probably water that you know something some how
    msn full stop it I would say that the release this is my

    00:34:20

    is my experience any way to really big Packers it really 46 to
    pistol with a quality of their meat so it could a pound on who the supplier
    fire is um but I’m guessing that what you’re experiencing is us
    a kind of meat from an animal that spends bread for very very specific
    Pacific genetic purposes same a not be what you have in mind but personally
    there’s a consumer out there who is looking for whatever characteristic is a kind of meat have
    and I should also add that the same hole through for the global

    00:34:55

    customers that American meat packers have to satisfy they have to have
    completely different kinds of meat when they sell for their Japanese consumer say have to have
    Wheatley different kinds of me to sell the European consumers so I’m guessing that
    were what you’re saying is coming from okay I thank you for that explanation
    Chennai yes the quality of meat that I’ve seen over the years has just
    does decreased considerably and for the common person
    when they aren’t ever going to get to taste great

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    great steak from say restaurant in Chicago thank you very much have a good day
    thank you very much for calling and I’m wondering when were talking about the quality
    quality of meat for half the processing of me to others when is you that you write about tonight
    Nicene in the news recently and that’s the use of antibiotics and livestock
    stock I’m not just for are not just for fighting bacteria but also to
    21213 growth that’s right um again when I was writing a book
    when I first started I didn’t know anything about this food that we’re having a saison

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    the critique of me but as I research looking for pay more attention to me
    bring me to realize I’m I’m I want to address of the fishes so I spend alot of time
    time in the book explaining how antibiotics got into processing actually date
    dates back to World War 2 not a sin
    scientist that so everybody bare with my rather stupid what station is this
    meet livestock does that it is healthiest and thrive
    drive fast when it when it is able to eat with call animal protein

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    at which you can get from among other things 1250 certain kinds of protein component
    certain kinds of kinds of animals me so they really fried
    World War 2 broke out the two main supplies of that kind of protein
    forces of cod liver oil
    which was mixed with feed to provide more protein to animals
    it was imported from both Norway in Japan the supplies dried up and suddenly
    the animals that were coming to Market in the United States were much scrawny redhead much less

    00:37:15

    let’s meet at a time when a man was accelerating not just for troops broadside
    what site for our allies in for civilians at home so the race was on to try to find some kind of
    kind of substituion I explain the book what happened to the long story and I’m sticking to cut the chase
    chase what people found was a kid get that same gross booth and
    nutritional benefit this was an accidental discovery
    Calvary by adding antibiotics that contain residues a v12
    12 into the feed itself and the complete now

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    is that farmers only use antibiotics because animal for Captain confinement
    the way to keep disease from spreading fact is a farmer started using antibiotics
    before they shift is a consignment as way to help
    help reduce their production cost and get animals to market to market weight fast
    faster to have them in better health market weights is there would be more meat on the end
    the animal cell that it was possible to be consumer demand over the years
    Sears it has continued to be added in part because when animals

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    animals vices life cycle have very very high mortality rate
    what’s the thing that again the creek don’t want to talk about have animals on pastor or
    if you have them in confinement mortality rates will be very hot antibiotics often used for
    used for a very long time to try to not just speed up growth to try to keep mortality
    Cali rate down which means more meat for consumers how to lower cost
    it’s quite clear the antibiotics are going to be going to be removed from the equation
    thats that struggle over antibiotics actually started back in the 1970s

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    finally here we are 40 years later everybody I talk to an axis up there going away
    the Food and Drug Administration announced this month putting in new policy that right
    curtail the use of antibiotics that’s right I understand some critics say doesn’t go far
    how far enough but yet there it is right that’s right that’s the complain about antibiotics is it by feeding
    feeding antibiotics regularly small these by the way are miniscule doses
    antibiotic the animal for eating you can use about a tbsp in a ton of food and I’m not exasperate
    bad rating about that its not alot complaint is that when animals are fat

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    does low doses that eventually we humans are going to end up becoming
    resistance various kinds of bacteria that are antibiotics will be
    will be resistant to all kinds of bacteria now that the thing that doesn’t get reported in the news
    who says that’s very very few of those antibiotics are used
    the farm are also used for human being but that doesn’t
    doesn’t really matter they are going to go away and what remains to be seen is what
    is what impact will have on not just price also demand the price goes up to man

    00:40:10

    Samantha drop which again for the critics say you’ll remember that that for critics big ol
    the goal is let’s have everybody eat less meat and someone 125 pounds in a year
    here we can figure out how anybody can eat an average of 225 pounds
    you’re so fresh you put in a snack machines at work to do it
    could have now I’m is a farmers always
    always been of one mind about antibiotics and some of them have misgivings as as as
    has its you started to grow in agriculture farmers are not

    00:40:45

    not hear something I didn’t know it again I don’t know anything about any of the Sun
    live in Iowa my life I mean a thing about agriculture at farmers
    what temp to put a starter cost in Reno right at the beginning of foot when I use the word farmer don’t take it too serious
    farmers are not a monolithic group Farmersburg sample have nothing
    nothing in common with barley farmers in common with with hog farmers
    um yes some farmers object to its only because
    because they understand if they could eliminate that if there was some way to eliminate that cost

    00:41:20

    biotics and they’re not very expensive eliminate that cost
    still get the same benefit in some way obviously that would help improve their production
    cost more so yes I’m feeling up 10 farmers in quiz about
    hormones are the use of antibiotics for not going to get uniform answers
    answers I will I will also say this about life
    livestock producers the vast majority of them really honestly try to do
    try to do the best I can for the animals that they know that they are going to eventually

    00:41:55

    sense water there they’re not in humane jerk there really not
    what they work real hard to understand their living with both life and death
    um in a perfect world I would love to have little farms were they have you know if you have livestock
    galavanting about in Reno Organix list b***
    understand that again cated
    we are having this complicated discussion about beef with Marino go she’s the author
    author of trust an unexpected history of carnivore America still time for your quest

    00:42:30

    questions and comets at 1 800 222 94551 800
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    is 580 the email address will dash talking Illinois dot
    edu and um just looking at all the subjects
    Siri to work work with talking about the of the challenges from up
    people who are our of people are critical of the mainstream off
    off off off off of meat production but at the same time there are alternatives out there

    00:43:05

    there and they seem to be a growing share even if a small share of the market
    and the fact that I might be able to go with the Salem Walmart in the grocery sex
    free sex in there and find that among the mix of foods to Jesup there are some changes
    is that ever happened in recent years is as is farce people’s preferences absolute
    solutely NNMC the last two chapters of loci fight record history of where this whole business
    organic local for someone to sew forth I mean I buy does defense that cause I wanted to nowhere
    where can I wanted to understand it and it say it is absolutely true

    00:43:40

    true that a food processors in food makers in livestock producers understanding
    this is a viable new market II I just spent the last two days Missouri talking to some
    do some people who are involved in the beef industry I went down to give a talk and they
    they told me that and I was not surprised by this that comes to beef
    only Gross actor in the market right now the only one is a very very high
    behind the market of very high quality Angus beef and very high quality graphics
    Cafe tandoor organic meat beef commodities plain old commodities

    00:44:15

    the previous color in a mansion that that that that
    part of businesses in a right if its just flat sew absolutely
    this is growing and again many critics argue that organic and natural is coming to
    big cumming too much like big business but you know it
    you don’t get to have it always keep people in this country after standing you want organic food
    food euro your little local farmer is it going to be able to make enough for everybody
    it’s just not going to work that way that’s why so is inorganic and organic food industry

    00:44:50

    great overall there been a lot of murders recently as companies get bigger and
    the big companies the market opportunities by buying up there smaller competitors
    talking about a lot of people hear this is a big country in a big world
    world there a lot of mouse at once let’s take another call 911
    is Danny from Urbana good morning urine focus morning thanks for taking my call
    iPhone come from this with a kind of vested interest I suppose
    how was I farm 500 acres of corn weight for 20 years

    00:45:25

    and sew a lot of my production went to the livestock
    industry both Portland to check in for feet but I’d like to
    like to push back II know that you don’t colors coming to bake the hole
    nine yards but um it’s true that Mark Bittman
    Batman and Holland over simplify
    on the other hand I think that they’re not the only one to do in hand but I’ve heard this morning seems to over
    over simplify the other direction and certainly the industry is guilty of that

    00:46:00

    and so I think it’s very important that people like to drive with a dick
    they do in order to get people to start thinking and you know it
    I can just push back on one point that is the man that one has to do
    how to do the industrial consignment systems in order to meet a man
    you know I know that umm back when we still have a lot of small pork producers
    better now people who had me to 50 South resident 5000 south
    there was a lot of push back on them because they had to contribute to the national

    00:46:35

    National Park Marketing Board IKEA pork industry
    the street and poultry industry in the dairy industry spend alot of time trying to manufacture
    the case that they are just out there scrambling is fast 6
    can I meet with the public once they’re screaming is fasting
    can to create a man because the fact that the convention
    beat the darkest laugh and 14 point we do know what
    what production without antibiotics will look like with a clock and

    00:47:10

    is there a swine production is going along quite well
    biotics it possible to do it possible to use more humane techniques
    haven’t been a single case for the industry has let environmental
    metal improvement what health improvement they have big
    good on every man by activists for
    work health food production Martin Parmalee consciously production they fight they fight
    if I did so I say Batman and pollen

    00:47:45

    over simplify things good for them keep pushing in the end
    we will have the meat products in the need hopefully
    smartest animal in Holly have now Danny thank you very much for
    how much for your comments and Irene yeah I know that that’s that’s all I am I
    that’s exactly what kind of thoughtful person I’m I’m I’m hoping to get into the sky
    discussion III agree that what I’m saying sounds all so simple but again
    is this is very complicated so I’m trying to I’m trying to reduce sound

    00:48:20

    what ICS as the issues that need to be in place your name Lee
    this is a very complicated system and simplistic solutions aren’t going to do
    do it and and both sides by the way are are guilty of
    throwing out of a lot of rhetoric and dad at winning hearts and
    send mine I agree that is
    think it’s terrific pollen and company have crazy fish use
    shoes and Ike apsolute Lee think we should have a really long

    00:48:55

    conversation in this country about the issues ivory 100 percent with that
    that my complaint is a were having a terrible time having a conversation
    in part because both sides are trying to oversimplify very very complicated
    use my what I’m hoping is I can get people to stop
    Ann and take it deeper look at this and understand that is not simple
    simple simple message is this is complicated so I understand exactly
    just say something about Denmark Marcus gets held up offense

    00:49:30

    how often is an example of a kind of Sanibel need to have just want to remind
    remind everybody Denmark is a very very very small country thing
    and the import of me because they’re using
    who sings can’t apply for everybody even in their own country but yes
    on a small scale in a small country is it possible to have that kind of meat production system
    American steel yes it’s a great model
    model Americans won with fire to that we really have to go look in the mirror

    00:50:05

    the one who really are driving the cement of course the Syrian Street
    promote a product of course the beef industry promote a product and one reason
    reason they had to do that in the last 30 years over and over again is because a consumer
    silver at the casino in the street and many sort of scientific
    expert have made claims about the dangers of food I remember
    I remember back when eggs are suddenly like the worst thing you could possibly don’t eat eggs
    how to try to protect himself so yes absolutely

    00:50:40

    industry try to protect himself they want you to consumer products
    even without those promotional campaign Americans were still going to be
    going to be out there eating hears a classic example of the last nm have to be very
    very quick in the late 1970s country feel completely
    pletely of a cliff because that was on healthy to eat what Americans doing sex
    switch the chicken and that’s why we now you weight more chicken feet we’re going to end up eating something
    well this discussion will go on words but this program is out of time

    00:51:15

    Marino go thank you very much for being on the show today Reno girl is the author of in me tweet
    meet we trust in unexpected history of carnivore America she blogs over to her website
    website Marino google.com tomorrow on focus Jeff Bhasker
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