This country's meat industry no longer includes the picturesque red barn and white picket fences. Instead, the meat we buy at the supermarket is likely processed by one of the four large meat packing companies that controls the majority of the industry.
On today's Central Standard, journalist and author Christopher Leonard discusses his book "The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business." Also, Mark Dopp of the American Meat Institute weighs in on what he perceives as the benefits of having a more centralized system.
We invited both Tyson Foods and the National Chicken Council to join our conversation for this show, but they were unable to join us. The National Chicken Council provided this written statement and Tyson Foods provided this recording of their reaction to Leonard's book:
- Christopher Leonard, journalist for the Associated Press and author of The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business
- Mark Dopp, senior vice president of regulatory affairs and general counsel at the American Meat Institute