Maryn McKenna
Maryn McKenna is the author of Big Chicken: The incredible story of how antibiotics created modern agriculture and changed the way the world eats. She writes regularly about antibiotics and agriculture as a longtime contributor to FERN.

The Abstinence Method

To American eyes, the Hoeve de Hulsdonk farm, outside the small town of Beers in the southeastern Netherlands, looks like some radical exercise in farming transparency. There’s a bike trail to lure you onto the property, and picnic tables to keep you there. The dark metal barn, towering two stories above the farmhouse and tractors,… » Read More

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Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future

A few years ago, I started looking online to fill in chapters of my family history that no one had ever spoken of. I registered on, plugged in the little I knew, and soon was found by a cousin whom I had not known existed, the granddaughter of my grandfather’s older sister. We started exchanging documents:… » Read More

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    Best American Science and Nature Writing
  • James Beard Award
    2014 Nominee

How Your Chicken Dinner Is Creating a Drug-Resistant Superbug

Adrienne LeBeouf recognized the symptoms when they started. The burning and the urge to head to the bathroom signaled a urinary tract infection, a painful but everyday annoyance that afflicts up to 8 million U.S. women a year. LeBeouf, who is 29 and works as a medical assistant, headed to her doctor, assuming that a… » Read More

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