The Meat You Eat: Corporate Farming and the Decline of the American Diet
Ken Midkiff
240 pages, softcover $23.95
St. Martin’s Press, 2004

Midkiff shows us the ugly underbelly of industrialized meat production: "Mad cow" disease scares, farm animals shot full of massive doses of hormones and antibiotics, and giant farms producing giant amounts of waste. What’s a conscientious carnivore to do? Demand that your meat come from a local, sustainable grower. As Wendell Berry writes in the conclusion to this book, "Eating is an agricultural act."