Americans eat more chicken than any other meat. In this eye-opening exposé by award-winning science journalist, Maryn McKenna, meticulously documents how antibiotics put in feed to fatten animals transformed chickens from an occasional weekly delicacy into an industrial commodity —changing its flavor, poultry health, and creating a human health threat with resistant bacteria. The author also identifies what is being done worldwide to reverse this trend and what health professionals should be telling consumers. Thoroughly researched and referenced. 


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Maryn McKenna
Course Expiration Date: May-31-2024
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Book Details

Author Maryn McKenna
Edition 1st Edition
Publisher National Geographic
ISBN 978-1-4262-1766-1
Format Paperback

Course Objectives

Level 2 CPE

Suggested Performance Indicators: 1.2.4, 2.1.8, 3.3.5, 4.1.2, 4.2.7, 6.1.9, 6.2.5, 8.3.6, 8.3.7

CPE Type: 720 for Printed/Paper Tests, 740 for Web-based/Online Tests

1. Assess the controversy concerning putting antibiotics in poultry feed.

2. Explain the argument why meat for the price of bread was not disputed initially.

3. Evaluate three reasons antibiotics have been used in animal feed and two known consequences.

4. List two changes the bird experiences that makes rapid, excessive growth dangerous.

5. Critique the four instances when antibiotic-resistant bacteria got out of control and harmed humans.

6. Consider and describe two alternative ways countries are trying to eradicate or control the growth and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

7. Examine the two reasons the smaller, family farm concept is so successful in France.

8. Identify two elements that can be added to chicken feed to help keep the bird healthy when antibiotics are removed.

9. Develop and implement one strategy to educate patients and the public on the benefits of eating meats from animals who were not given antibiotics.

10. Briefly explain the contribution of the Perdue Farms to the natural chicken movement.

Recommended For...

Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN)
Dietetics Technician Registered (DTR/NDTR)
Integrative & Functional Nutrition Academy Professional
American College of Sports Medicine

Why we chose this book

This highly qualified science journalist has organized her extensive information, interviews with experts, and evidence-based research into readable, interesting, ultimately hopeful text.

About the author

Maryn McKenna is an acclaimed science and health journalist and contributor, specializing in public health, global health issues, and food policy controversies. Her 2015 TED Talk, “What Do We Do When Antibiotics Don’t Work Anymore?” has garnered more than one million views.