F o o d C o n s u m p t i o n

 December 16th 1906

You Are What You Eat?
When I eat meat I like to enjoy the savory taste of it. I enjoy it to be well-done. I could not tell you how you like your meat prepared, but I am fairly sure I could tell you, you do not like it with the taste of rats. Swift Meat Packaging runs an unbearably unsanitary business. Huge vats that chop the so called "meat" into hamburg also serve as population control for rats. Rotten meat that is not fit for other countries such as Russia and Germany is put back in the vats and turned in with all the other "meat." And the horror does not end there. Insides from diseased cows are swept up and poured back to be churned and packaged and shipped out. Fingers, hair, blood and dirt are all main ingredients to this repulsive industry. As a consumer of this preposterous business, there is something that needs to be done. People need to start to speak out and boycott against the meat packaging industry. Theodore Roosevelt is repulsed by the new book, "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair. There is talk about the reformation of this mistreatment of food. There are rumors that President Roosevelt will pass new laws, that require certain guidelines in order to keep a business open.


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machines in the meat packing plants

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bringing dead cows into the factories
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a book that exposed the horrors of meat packing
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Theodore Roosevelt



Theodore Roosevelt was heavily influenced by the muckrakers of the 20th century. He raised cases against the Swift Beef Trust and Northern Securities. He was very well-known for his "trust-busting." He believed large corporate powers were good for the building of America, but he also was very careful to make sure no "corporate greed" got out of hand. One of his big campaigns was to make sure that companies were sterile and businesses were fair. He passed laws such as the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act. These acts greatly affected not only the meat packaging industry, but also other food industries in the U.S.




T H E U N I T E D S T A T E S T O D A Y
Is it still a jungle out there?
There are so many different laws that give us hope that our food is sanitary. Inspections, rules and surprise checks happen often in businesses large and small. New technologies help with the past issue of unthinkable conditions of meat packing. Without Theodore Roosevelt, or Upton Sinclair anybody in this time and age would be as, if not more, disgusted as I am. There is still wrong in the food industries. In the U.S.A and all around the world. But the progressive era sparked the reformation of many issues, one being the food industry.




http://www.nps.gov/archive/elro/glossary/progressive-era.htm

http://www.directhit.com/ansres/Laws-Passed-by-Theodore-Roosevelt.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jungle