25 Jun '12, 12pm

Is the Midwest turning into one big cheap meat conveyor belt to the world? My latest:

Is the Midwest turning into one big cheap meat conveyor belt to the world? My latest:

If you’ve read any of the recent coverage of the meatpacking industry’s treatment of its workers — such as last year’s groundbreaking coverage of a Minnesota-based Hormel factory , or my recent post about workers throughout the food chain — you know that it’s a brutal, often inhumane industry. But it does tend to pay better than much of the other work that new immigrants can find. For that reason, Cargill plants like the one in the article, which is described as “a 430,000-square-foot concrete slaughterhouse that turns almost 20,000 hogs a day into meat,” are more or less changing the face of immigration in this country. The plant and the surrounding community it employs are described as emblematic of the way job-seeking immigrants have begun moving to rural and suburban areas, rather than big cities like Chicago and New York.

Full article: http://grist.org/factory-farms/meatifest-destiny-how-big-...

Tweets

Would you eat lab-grown meat?

grist.org 26 Jun '12, 11am

The Guardian reports on two competing efforts to generate lab-grown meat — all of the tastiness, none of the nastiness. Th...

Are We All Born Meat Eaters?

Are We All Born Meat Eaters?

care2.com 25 Jun '12, 11pm

Back when I was a kid, my sister (the unrepentant animal lover) made the public declaration to our family that she was now...

New @runnersworld Big Guy post has nothing--and...

bigguyblog.runnersworld.com 25 Jun '12, 2pm

Some 20 years ago, one of my dear friends, Mark, took me into the Atlantic to try the sport he loved. We paddled our board...

Meat Allergies Caused by Tick Bites Invite Vegetarian Cure

Meat Allergies Caused by Tick Bites Invite Vege...

ecorazzi.com 25 Jun '12, 1pm

Avoiding ticks is one thing and avoiding meat is another, thanks to a carnistic viewpoint that also links consumption of r...

Big Fat Lies Moms Believe

Big Fat Lies Moms Believe

care2.com 24 Jun '12, 4pm

I don’t know about you, but when I became a mom I also became more self-critical. It was as if when I gave birth to my dau...

Just in: Win Big with U Mobile Knock Out Frenzy - #in

Just in: Win Big with U Mobile Knock Out Frenzy...

vernonchan.com 25 Jun '12, 1pm

WIN BIG WITH U MOBILE KNOCKOUT FRENZY CHALLENGE Telco Offers Lucrative Prizes and FREE 50% More Data to New Broadband and ...

Your meat on drugs: Will grocery stores cut out...

grist.org 20 Jun '12, 11am

A still from a new video about antibiotics in farm animals from FixFood. Click or scroll down to watch. Despite a high-pro...