How The U.S. Meat Industry Beefed Up Its Production

Nov 26, 2013

Got a beef with the meat industry? You’re not the only one, but it’s taken many decades for the industry to assume the shape it has today.

Factory farming has become common in the American meat industry.
Credit David W. Oliver / Flickr-CC

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk about the history of meat production and distribution in the United States. We examine the shift from family to factory livestock farming, how government intervention has affected the industry and how the popularity of organics is changing the conversation.


  • Maureen Ogle, author of In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected History of Carnivore America
  • Peggy Lowe, reporter for Harvest Public Media