Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Is Sinclair's "The Jungle" is Old News?

Sausage Makers in Chicago, LOC, N.D.

Think that the horrors exposed by Upton Sinclair are just a part of our distant past?  Did the progressive reformers at the beginning of the century solve the problem with 'muckraking' reporting and books like The Jungle?

Think again:

William Glaberson, "Misery on the Meatpacking Line," New York Times, June 14, 1987.
Charlie LeDuff, "At a Slaughterhouse, Some Things Never Die; Who Kills, Who Cuts, Who Bosses Can Depend on Race," New York Times,  June 16, 2000.

David Barboza, "Meatpackers' Profits Hinge On Pool of Immigrant Labor," New York Times, December 21, 2001.

Human Right's Watch, "Meatpacking's Human Toll," 2005.

 Steven Greenhouse, "Meat Packing Industry Criticized on Human Rights Grounds," New York Times, January 25, 2005.

PBS NOW, "Meatpacking in the U.S.: Still a "Jungle" Out There?," December 15, 2006.

Kim Severson, "Upton Sinclair, Now Playing on YouTube," New York Times, March 12, 2008

Human Society Undercover Video of California Slaughterhouse, 2008.  (Hallmark Meat Packing Co., of Chino, California, 2008.)

Mattew L. Wald, "Meat Packer Admits Slaughter of Sick Cows," New York Times, March 13, 2008.

Julia Preston, "After Iowa Raid, Immigrants Fuel Labor Inquiries," New York Times, July 27, 2008.

Julia Preston, "Inquiry Finds Under-Age Workers at Meat Plant," New York Times, August 6, 2008.

Michael Moss, "E. Coli Path Shows Flaws in Beef Inspection," New York Times, October 3, 2009.


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