Journalist Maryn McKenna visited a lot of chicken farms researching her book: "Big Chicken."

Journalist Maryn McKenna visited a lot of chicken farms researching her book: "Big Chicken."

Chicken is America’s favorite source of protein. But it wasn’t always that way.

Before the 1940s, chicken was rarely seen on the dinner table.

Then antibiotics came along.

A new book by veteran science writer Maryn McKenna traces the history of how antibiotic use altered the American diet, and how this heavy use of antibiotics raises the risk of resistance.

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  • Maryn McKenna Contributor, National Geographic; senior fellow, Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, Brandeis University; author, "Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats," "Superbug," and "Beating Back the Devil" @marynmck
  • Bruce Stewart Brown Senior VP of live operations and food safety and quality, Perdue Chicken; veterinarian @PerdueChicken

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