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Roughly Speaking podcast: Chickens, deregulation and the high cost of cheap food (episode 323)

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With the White House vowing to roll back government regulation of all sorts of industries, we take a look at how things can go terribly wrong when deregulation trumps worker and food safety. The U.S. poultry industry has been lobbying the Trump administration to allow for faster speeds for the processing of chicken, something the Obama administration’s agriculture department felt was needed to limit injuries to workers and the chances of food contamination. Today, a look back at a horrific industrial disaster in a chicken-processing plant in North Carolina in 1991 with Bryant Simon, a professor of history at Temple University and author of “The Hamlet Fire: A Tragic Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government, and Cheap Lives,” published by The New Press.

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