Saturday, September 14, 2019

Christopher Leonard: Journalist/Business Reporter/Food Production/Koch Industries

Burrough, Bryan. "The Truth about Koch Industries." The New York Times (August 15, 2019)

Kelly, Sharon. "Christopher Leonard's New Book Puts an Ever-Expanding 'Kochland' on the Map." Desmog (August 16, 2019)

Leonard, Christopher. "An inside look at how Koch Industries does business." The Washington Post (July 1, 2017)

---. "Charles in Charge." Harper's (August 2019)

---. "The Chicken Competition." Guernica (October 1, 2014) ["How poultry companies concentrate wealth and pit farmers against each other in a secretive tournament pay system."]

---. "How an Oil Theft Investigation Laid the Groundwork for the Koch Playbook." Politico (July 22, 2019) ["In the late 1980s, Charles Koch faced a federal probe, rallied all of his resources to fight it off and came away with lessons that would guide the Kochs for decades."]

---. "Is the Chicken Industry Rigged?" Bloomberg BusinessWeek (February 15, 2017)

---. "'Kochland': : How David Koch Helped Build an Empire to Shape U.S. Politics & Thwart Climate Action." Democracy Now (August 27, 2019) ["Billionaire conservative donor David Koch died Friday at the age of 79 from prostate cancer. David Koch — who was worth some $42 billion — and his brother Charles poured massive amounts of money into funding climate change denial through conservative think tanks and politicians. The Koch brothers founded the political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity in 2004, which is credited with turning the “tea party” into a full-fledged political movement. They also backed “right-to-work” efforts, which aim to weaken labor rights and quash union membership. The brothers made their fortune running Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held company in the United States. We speak with the business journalist Christopher Leonard, who just last week published a major new book examining the business dealings of the Koch brothers. It’s titled “Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America.”" Part Two: "Christopher Leonard on the Secret History of Koch Industries & U.S. Corporate Power."]

---. Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America. Simon & Schuster, 2019.

---. "The Meat Racket." Radio West (March 7, 2014) ["Just a handful of companies raise nearly all the meat consumed in America, and among them, Tyson Foods is king. According to the journalist Christopher Leonard, Tyson wrote the blueprint for modern meat production. He says there’s no better way to understand how our food is produced than to know how the company works. In a new book, Leonard explores how Tyson mastered the economics of factory farming to rise to the top, and how it transformed rural America and the middle class economy in the process."]

---. The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business. Simon & Schuster, 2014.

---. "Rising Profits, Rising Injuries: The Safety Crisis at Koch Industries’ Georgia-Pacific." Pro Publica (August 8, 2019)

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