Chapter 5 The globalization of the poultry industry: Tyson Foods and Pilgrim's Pride in Mexico

From Community to Consumption: New and Classical Themes in Rural Sociological Research

ISBN: 978-0-85724-281-5, eISBN: 978-0-85724-282-2

ISSN: 1057-1922

Publication date: 30 September 2010

Abstract

The organizational structure of the modern poultry industry that developed in the US South has been advanced as the future model of agriculture and agro-industrial globalization. This “Southern Model” characterized by asymmetrical power relationships between the integrating firms and production growers and reliance on informal labor patterns in processing is being diffused to other countries. Research on the diffusion of this model deserves special attention from those concerned with the socio-economic implications of the globalization of the agri-food system. This chapter first provides an overview of the industrialization of the poultry industry in the United States, then documents the diffusion of this model globally and in Mexico through the activities of Tyson Foods, Inc. and Pilgrim's Pride, Inc. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the relationship between neoliberal restructuring in Mexico and the globalization of the poultry industry.

Citation

Constance, D., Martinez, F. and Aboites, G. (2010), "Chapter 5 The globalization of the poultry industry: Tyson Foods and Pilgrim's Pride in Mexico", Bonanno, A., Bakker, H., Jussaume, R., Kawamura, Y. and Shucksmith, M. (Ed.) From Community to Consumption: New and Classical Themes in Rural Sociological Research (Research in Rural Sociology and Development, Vol. 16), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 59-75. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1057-1922(2010)0000016008

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