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Maryn McKenna

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Maryn McKenna is a journalist and author who specializes in public health, global health and food policy.

She has reported from epidemics and disasters, and farms and food production sites, on most of the continents, including a field hospital in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, a Thai village erased by the Indian Ocean tsunami, a bird-testing unit on the front lines of West Nile virus, an Arctic graveyard of the victims of the 1918 flu, an AIDS treatment center in Yunnan, a polio-eradication team in India, breweries in France, a “Matrix for chickens” in the Netherlands, and the Midwestern farms devastated by the 2015 epidemic of avian flu.

She writes about science and food for The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, NPR, Newsw

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Hi fellow readers,

It's been a busy 10 days on the road for Big Chicken, too busy (I apologize) to update here. I'll shortly collect the links and reviews into one place!

Meanwhile: As some of you have let me know, we have had quite the comedy with the Big Chicken giveaway, and some of you received a few more books than you expected. We are sorry! I think we've been in touch with everyone who rec... Read more of this blog post »
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“She was in charge of the 'red team,' the group taking blood samples. (The group collecting urine to check pesticide exposure levels called themselves the 'gold team' in response.)”
Maryn McKenna, Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service

“Food animals also get antibiotics for “growth promotion,” a metabolically mysterious process that has made possible the entire high-volume, low-margin business of industrial-scale farming. Since the 1950s, when two pharma company scientists discovered that feeding chicks the waste products from drug manufacturing made them put on weight much faster, many U.S. farmers have been giving tiny doses of antibiotics to cattle, swine, and poultry.34”
Maryn McKenna, Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA

“Health and dignity are indissociable in human beings,” he said at the ceremony. “It is a duty to stay close to victims and guarantee their rights.” Urbani”
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