He provides factual evidence to back up this information. He even provides a lot of pathos or emotions to the reader. One such story talks about a really healthy adult being infected with contaminated ground beef and his experiences with it. That alone shows the effects of unsanitized slaughterhouses, if the cattle are infected when being slaughtered. That single cattle can jeopardize the entire food supply.
Food Inc, a documentary by Robert Kenner, is bursting with both shocking and disturbing facts. It was interesting to learn that most of our food comes from the same handful of companies who are so blinded by the need for profit that they comprise on their quality. It was even more disturbing to learn that though we may think we have a great variety of choice that it is just an illusion and in actuality, most of the products we find in the supermarket are some sort of corn. But the most shocking and disturbing truth was the condition and practices in chicken farming. The documentary discloses that, “ birds are now raised and slaughtered in half the time they were 50 years ago, but now they're twice as big.” But this comes at a great cost.
Legislatures and leaders weren't the only thing to cause the population decrease. Natural disasters helped the death-rate rise. Document H states Susan Orcutt, "...we are Starving to death It is Pretty hard to do without anything to eat in this God for saken country we would have had Plenty to Eat if the hail had not cut our rye down and ruined our corn and Potatoes I had the Prettiest Garden that you Ever seen and the hail ruined It..." American people weren't the only ones with a suffering economy. Document I shows an example from an Oklahoma Magazine, "...If the Indians must be fed and herded like a dumb brute, it should not be done with smaller enclosures and not so senselessly at the expense of the American homesteader." Document A shows once again the fluctuation of production in the years, when people bought less, maybe because of financial problems, natural disasters or even legislature
Over the years, the decline of family farms and increase of factory farming has caused harmful effects on human life. Some health problems that effect consumers are respiratory infections, food poisonings, obesity, E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and obesity. A lot of individuals are becoming increasingly aware of the health effects of factory farming. Two solutions that would help decrease the harmful effects of factory farming are making the living and manufacturing conditions of the livestock more humane. Another solution to help decrease the harmful effects of factory farming are feeding the livestock a natural diet with limited use of antibiotics and pesticides.
After reading The Jungle, many Americans were appalled by the lack of safety precautions and sanitary systems in factories. Dissatisfaction with food and drug regulation at the state level in the 1890s soon led to pressures to give the federal government the power to monitor and promote the quality of food. Thus, the Pure Food and Drug Act along with the Meat Inspection Act of 1906 passed, making meat shipped over state lines subject to inspection (Paulet). Though, while muckrakers were influential in bring about reform, many of the leading progressive reformers were women. Middle class women played a major role in the awareness of poor working conditions, child education, and
Nearly 1 billion pounds of these chemicals are used every year (“pesticides”). Because of this excessive use, some scientists express concern that using artificial chemicals in the farming process could produce unhealthy crops. People who ate it over a long period of time could suffer from degraded health and stunted growth (“Organic Foods”). For example, in 1989, the EPA banned the use of Alar which was a chemical used to ripen apples (“Farming, Organics”). This chemical proved to be hazardous after causing tumors in mice after several laboratory tests (“Organic Food”).
As consumers, we rely heavily on the food industry to provide us with exceptional food, but as a result of this we have as fallen victims in the past. In the early 1900’s, Upton Sinclair, a famous muckraking journalist at the time, used his journalism skills and tactics to unfold and expose the disturbing filthy truth of the meatpacking industry in Chicago. A muckraker is someone who spreads real or alleged scandal about another and searches for and exposes misconduct in public life, which is exactly what Sinclair did. The result of his muckraking journalism led to the awareness of the people, political reforms, and social reforms. In Upton Sinclair’s novel The Jungle, Sinclair poses as an undercover factory worker and explorers the
This high rate of reproduction makes it really hard to ward off this species from just being an insect, to becoming an all out travesty. There are a lot of pests who potentially ruin crops, but the pink bollworm ruins cotton crops the worst. They feed on the seed which enable the crops to grow, and they destroy the lint quality as well. It leaves yellow spots/stains in the lint, therefore has to be sold at a discounted rate on the international market. (Ahmad, n.d.) These insects impact are so devastating because different types of methods have been tried in order to prevent infestation, but none prevailed.
In turn, this taught the public that they couldn’t always trust government officials. Muckrakers paved the way for the correction of these problems that the officials created. Upton Sinclair is a famous muckraker that wrote The Jungle. He exposed the meat packing industry and its horrible health conditions. The concept of scientific management also came out of the Progressive Movement.
The same diseases that these animals are carrying can be passed on to us by eating the meat. We are contracting these diseases because the animals are not being cared for properly and the preparation of the meat is not always done correctly. Eating too much fast food can cause a person to get all types of diseases, become sick with food poisoning and in a few cases people have even died. (Fast Food Nation) The diseases from these animals are being passed on to us and they are poisoning our bodies. In Eric Schlosser Fast Food Nation chapter 9 “What’s In The Meat” states every day in the United States, roughly 200,000 people are sickened by a foodborne disease, 900 are hospitalized, and fourteen die.