Americans eat a lot of chicken. The National Chicken Council reports per capita consumption of 91 pounds a year in 2016. Compare that to 28 pounds a year in 1960.
In her new book, “Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats,” author Maryn McKenna details the history of how chicken became America’s most consumed meat and a sometimes hazardous source of health concerns.
McKenna is an investigative journalist with expertise in public health and food policy. Her other books include “Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA” and “Beating Back the Devil.”
She spoke at Pioneer Square’s Impact Hub on January 23. Town Hall Seattle presented this Inside/Out event as part of their Science series.
Please note: This recording contains unedited language of an adult nature.
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