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Big Chicken

The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats

by Maryn McKenna

Hardcover, 400 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $27 |

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Big Chicken
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The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats
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Maryn McKenna

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The health journalist behind Superbug exposes the shocking role of antibiotics in industrial farming and the profound impact these mass food-processing practices are having on our lives and our health.

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'Big Chicken' Connects Poultry Farming To Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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In the 1950s, the poultry industry began dunking birds in antibiotic baths. It was supposed to keep meat fresher and healthier. That's not what happened, as Maryn McKenna recounts in her new book. Express/Getty Images hide caption

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