Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The man who shook the food industry down to its foundations...Upton Sinclair 1878-1968

Upton Sinclair

It was a book that came out in 1906, called "The Jungle". It was all about immigrants and working in the stock yards and meat processing plants...It brought to the attention of the United States of some of the appalling conditions that existed. It brought about some amazing changes...It prompted the US government and Theodore Roosevelt to push for the Pure Food and Drug Act...Few books have had such an impact in our world. Sinclair was only 28 when he wrote that book. He lived to the ripe old age of 90 and saw such sweeping changes in food processing. But sadly much of the other issues of his book still are very much here and seem to not be going anywhere. The blight of hunger, poverty, and class warfare....

I won't go into too much detail...READ THE BOOK

It was only a century ago...But what changes it made....


The Newt said...

I couldn't agree more really, and, by the way, was the sport in which another brawl broke out in American Football or Ice Hockey? It seems to happen regularly there. All the American Footballers seem to be criminals as well, so it wouldn't suprise me.

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