Dr. Steve Striffler and the Essential Latinos

He worked beside them in the fields and on the factory chicken lines. He celebrated with them, dancing to the unfamiliar music of Mexico’s central highlands.

And now Dr. Steve Striffler wants Arkansas to realize how these seemingly inessential Latinos control its future.

Striffler worked in the poultry processing industry in Arkansas and North Carolina, and his current book, “Chicken: The Dangerous Transformation of America’s Favorite Food,” takes a look at the U.S. poultry industry, Latin American immigration into the South and the impact of industrial agriculture on American society.


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