In the novel were references to rats and workers falling into tubs of meats, which inspired disgust and helped to bring the Meat Inspection of 1906 to life. Since then the public has come to assume that meat is inspected according to government standards to protect consumers, but much evidence indicates that throughout the time bribery of government meat inspectors and deception has resulted in the imposing of much unhealthy meat on the American public. In the end of the 20th century, reports of unclean conditions in meatpacking plants, marketing of unsafe mat, and paid-off inspectors were still imminent, and millions of Americans were suffering from food poisoning as a result of such
In early 1900, specifically, 1906, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair was written. This novel told the story of a Lithuanian immigrant who worked in a filthy Chicago meatpacking plant. It exposed the meatpacking industry by stating their vile practices not only towards their meat but their workers as well. This was a result of the combination of many immigrants in the United States to pursue a better life, and the fact that many big industries were looking for ways to maximize their profit.
Just last year, over 135,000 horses were slaughtered with their meat being shipped to foreign seas (Finch). Horse meat has grown to be in very high demand in foreign countries which results in many slaughterhouses to be popping all over the world. Sadly in the United States, Canada, and Mexico is the main places in the world where these beautiful companion creatures are gathered, slaughtered, butchered and shipped off to foreign countries (Fact Sheet). There is much controversy on whether the slaughtering of horses should be allowed or not because the entire process that they go through is so bad and petrifying to the point where being dead is the best option that they can possibly have (Horse Slaughter-Wikipedia). Even though horse meat is in high demand for human consumption, it is inhuman because slaughterhouses use
How would you feel people would feel knowing that they were ingesting contaminated foods? This was the case in the late 18th hundred and early 19th hundred many social and economic problems came to be in the United States. For example, one of the many problems that arose during these years were the sanitation conditions in the companies. To be more precise, food companies were getting away with many of the inspections the government would act on. Meat packing industries were becoming more unsafe everyday.
Throughout the book, we are told of the horrible working conditions of the overworked and underpaid employees, and the intense amount of factory work that causes numerous accidents when people are worked at such speeds in meat packing houses. Furthermore, Fast Food Nation is something that will open your eyes and give you insight on everything that goes on in the fast food business. In part one, The American way, we are told, how society changed from then on, and why this sort of lifestyle became so popular. Additionally, we are informed of the working conditions inside these jobs. Teenagers are far more likely to be untrained, and every year, about 200,000 are injured on the job.
The United States eats 9 billion chickens, 150 cattle, pigs, and sheep a year but only 26 million for testing and 95% are fish, birds, and rodents. This show the economy does much more damage to the animals eating them . We eat more than 1,800 times the number of pigs than the number used in research, and we consume more than 340 chickens for every research animal. The amount of animals for testing is a relatively small price to pay compared to the amount eaten. The opposing side would like to say that the animals are treated inhuman and cruelly.
Notwithstanding, the industry provides affordable food and jobs, these jobs are dangerous and the food is unsafe and disease causing, after reading Fast Food Nation one is able to learn these facts. In the chapter, ‘The Most Dangerous Job’, Schlosser states, “Meatpacking is now the most dangerous job in the United States, The injury rate in a slaughterhouse is about three times higher than the rate in a typical American factory”. Consumers could benefit from Goal Three’s criterion because having a high death rate is not just, or in the best interest of the
In the early 1900s, food safety was an incredibly unfamiliar and overlooked part of America’s food industry. Written by muckraker Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, was a controversial novel that depicted the harsh living and working conditions of immigrants working in the food industry. After the release of The Jungle, thousands of meat-eating Americans were horrified at what had been happening in factories. Disgusting yet accurate details presented in The Jungle were the basis for the creation of laws to stop food production from becoming so unsanitary.
According to United Nations, one of the most crucial contributors to the significant environmental problems like biodiversity loss, water and air pollution, climate change is the cattle sector (Steinfeld et al, 2011).In the USA, the rate of meat production is noticeably high , on average every American eating approximately 200 pounds of meat each year (The Campaign for safe food). Context High leveled meat consumption is an act of consuming meat in high amounts so that it can affect the environment. The global meat production reached its peak at 308.5 million tons in 2013 (World Watch Report,
In 2015, the combination of pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 91% of all dog bite-related fatalities." (DogsBite) For advocates of the pit bull breeds, you must look at how many pit bulls make up the United States ' large dog population. " Each year, 1.2 million dogs are euthanized, approximately 40% of whom are Pit Bulls. This means that nearly half a million Pit Bull-type dogs are killed in shelters annually."
The Meatpacking District became a very dangerous area once the automobile was invented because it interfered with the elevated freight trains. Because the trains carried merchandises essential to the lives of most New Yorkers, freight trains were given the right of way to stop wherever they please just to make a delivery. Thus, a ten-car train would be blocking traffic just to deliver the goods. It most likely took longer than 30 minutes to unload the train of the goods to whichever business it delivered to, so the traffic gets overbearingly crowded. Besides the terrible congestion, regular New Yorkers would be in this area because most markets would be located there, so that they could get fresh produce from the local slaughterhouses.
Intro: When people eat food they do not think about what is in it, or how it is made. The only thing people care about is what the food tastes like and how much they get. During the 1900’s the meat packing industry had not regulations of any kind. All that mattered to the industry was that they made as much money as possible with as little expenditure as possible. During this times people were often made sick and died either from working conditions or poor food quality.
The special topics course that freshman would be required to take would be called “Farms, Factories, and Food.” This course would be an exposure of the grim realities of the modern agricultural industry. Students would be made aware of the extreme mistreatment, and in some cases even torture, of animals in food factories. This course would also include discussions about how large agriculture companies use lobbyists and dark money to change public policy in their favor, instead of what is best for the American people. The course would also entail discussions about government policies towards different food such as corn, which is used in sugar and gasoline, along with pizza, which is legally considered to be a vegetable.
The Muckrakers, were investigative journalist who succeeded to exposed the social ills of citizens and corruption of both corporation and politics, and they had a huge impact on the success of the Progressive movement. Without the muckrakers the progressive movement would have not achieved the well-known status they had. These crusading journalists exposed bribery and corruption at city and state level, as well as in Congress. They called attention to the exploitation of child labor, the revulsion truth of lynching, and the cruel business practices employed by capitalists. The muckraker’s journalism resulted in legislations and reforms that had long-lasting effects.