Riots, Rage, and Resistance: A Brief History of How Antibiotics Arrived on the Farm

This essay originally appeared at ScientificAmerican.com. Reprinted here by permission.

In 1950, American farmers rejoiced at news from a New York laboratory: A team of scientists had discovered that adding antibiotics to livestock feed accelerated animals’ growth and cost less than conventional feed supplements. The news blew “the lid clear off the realm of animal nutrition,” crowed the editors of one farm magazine. Farmers and scientists alike “gasp[ed] with amazement, almost afraid to believe what they had found.” “Never again,” vowed another writer, would farmers suffer the “severe protein shortages” of the past. Continue reading

Meat From the Laboratory? Back to the Future With a Bit of History

Marcellin Pierre Eugene Berthelot

Marcellin Pierre Eugene Berthelot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The epicure of the future [will] dine upon artificial meat, artificial flour, and artificial vegetables,” and enjoy the delights of “artificial” wines, liquors, and tobacco. (*1) Continue reading

Wanna A Little Tease? Read the Introduction to IN MEAT WE TRUST

I just discovered that the entire text of the new book’s Introduction is up at Amazon — which means, hey, I can post it here, too. So, without further ado: The introduction to IN MEAT WE TRUST: AN UNEXPECTED HISTORY OF CARNIVORE AMERICA. (Complete, I might add, with some not-great photos of the a few pages of the book.) Continue reading