Perhaps it’s a tired cliche to assert that we live in a competitive world: it’s dog eat dog out there, right? Tired, perhaps, but tough to deny. Some compete for fun; others compete because they must to survive. In this week’s episode of Meat + Three, we bring you stories about the effects competition has on food and agriculture.

We start with the science behind one of most quintessentially American spectacles: speed eating. Then, we go back about 70 years to a chicken raising contest that helped give us the fat broiler birds we eat so many of today. We’ll also showcase a trio of Indian restaurants in New York’s East Village that try to outdo each other with distinctive lighting. And finally, we wrap up by looking at how a surprising introduction to a farming video game is getting some fans “hyped.”

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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