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Chapters 1 – 4 Chicken Questions (key) 1. What are the main goals of the book? Pp. viii Worker and commodity: how do units of production arrive and under what conditions; destination after; their experience  and the consumer 2. What methods does Striffler use to gather information? Resources: studies, government reports, media, corporate publications Interviews Observation 3. According to Striffler, what are some of the main problems with our modern food system and the poultry industry more  specifically? Family farm…Agribusiness o Most productive system + New delivery system = change in eating habits, appearance, health Food industry caters to programmed needs (Advertising); unhealthy processed foods are more profitable than healthy  ones o Government supports production of food and the food industry, little thought to how this support affects  American health Public with little knowledge of where food comes from, how is grown or processed Connection between food and immigration – history of low-wage labor force Cost of Food: consumer’s and producer’s body, environment, animals “Central tensions and contradictions that characterize the American food system are brought into sharp relief through a  study of chicken” (6) o rise in obesity as leading health problem; influx of immigrants and Latinization of low-wage work force;  concentration of corporate power; industrialization of cuisine; demise of the family farm Provides an important source of employment for marginal workers o jobs are lowest paid, unpleasant, most dangerous in America o Tyson Foods, 75% annual turnover rate; OSHA fines, Child labor violations Undesirable jobs filled by vulnerable labor force o Work more for less (dependency ratio); Hampered in efforts to unionize 4. Why is Herbert Hoover mentioned repeatedly?  What was the role of chicken in American diet prior to WWII? 1928 promise to put a “chicken in every pot” – Depression era politics Chicken industry regarded as a way for marginal farmers to supplement their income Consumers regarded greater availability as sign of prosperity 5. What changes in American society helped make chicken so popular? [Chapter 1] Postwar: relative affordability and healthiness compared to other forms of animal protein Development and clever marketing of processed food to consumers 1
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6. According to Striffler, what is the “irony” of increased chicken production and consumption? (p 30)
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