The next time you buy chicken at the grocery store, you’ll think of Christopher Leonard. The author of The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business, delves into the consolidation of the meat business in a work that portrays a system of food production that will raise a lump in your throat. He focuses specifically on the chicken industry, tracing how a few companies have a controlling grip over everything from the egg to the McNugget.
Leonard, a graduate of the University of Missouri and current fellow with the New America Foundation, will chat with local author Whitney Terrell on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Central branch (14 W 10 Street) of the Kansas City Public Library.
And while you’re there, you can check out the new exhibit, “Cowtown: The History of Kansas City’s Stockyards,” which opens tomorrow. The collection of photographs, blueprints, drawings and documents has been selected from more than 5,000 artifacts uncovered in a storeroom at the Livestock Exchange Building six years ago. The exhibit runs through January 4, 2015.