“Investigative journalist Maryn McKenna uses the beefed-up, souped-up modern industrial chicken as a window into how antibiotics transformed modern agriculture—for good and ill.”
Featured in Smithsonian’s Best Science Books of 2017.
With chicken being so much omnipresent in the Western diet, people are more inclined towards forgetting the fact that it is a relatively recent addition to our diets. Chicken is no doubt, the world’s most conventional consumption meat. But the path it took to reach our plates, drifts through a fascinating and dark history.
And “Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats” is an extraordinary journey of Chicken from farm to lab, and from there, to the restaurant and finally into the kitchens of people throughout the globe.
In her book, McKenna has adverted to the details about the activists who fight to save another chicken from being killed again; and at the same time, cited the way farmers feel proud of the pricey investments made by them in growing chicken at a more cheaper, consistent and safer manner than ever before.
Big Chicken is timely in nature. It is also an urgent warning to the immense use of farm antibiotics that impends a disaster in our developing world’s economies. This book explains the relevant policy changes that took place in the United Nations in 2016 along with the ones that occurred at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
In this well-written manifest, McKenna assays the altercations of the prosaic use of antibiotics to fatten chicken, which has caused a colossal rise of drug-resistant bacteria.