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Town Hall Seattle: Science Series

Town Hall’s Science series is dedicated to understanding the world around us. Whether we’re hearing from a legendary physicist or a UW graduate student, the Science series explores math, biology, chemistry, the environment, and so much more.

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Feb 12, 2018

We often take for granted the ubiquity of chicken in the American diet. Acclaimed journalist Maryn McKenna bypassed our familiarity with a fascinating history of chicken in her book Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Changed Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats. She took the stage to share her chronicle of how economic, political, and cultural forces converged to make America’s favorite meat a hidden danger.

McKenna brought us on an extraordinary journey from the vast poultry farms of the United States to laboratories, kitchens, and sidewalk markets around the world. She highlighted how routine use of antibiotics transformed agriculture, changed the world’s eating habits, and contributed to the deadly rise of drug-resistant infections around the globe. Join us for a conversation on how this common backyard bird became an industrial commodity impacting human health around the world—and learn about companies, activists, farmers and chefs who are carving a path back to better, safer food.

Recorded live at Impact Hub by Town Hall Seattle on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.