Fast Food Nation Is A Jungle
Dania R. Gastelum
Quote Assignment Including Description
"The smell is worst during the summer months, people who live there no longer noticed the smell; it recedes in to the background,present but not present; it permeates everything, gives them headaches, makes them nauseous, interferes with their sleep." -FFN CH. 7
"Jonas had told them how the meat that was taken out of pickle would often be found sour, and how they would rub it up with soda to take away the smell, and sell it to be eaten on free-lunch counters;" -The Jungle
"Jesus says the stench in rendering is so powerful that it won't wash off; no matter how much soap you use after a shift, the smell comes home with you, seeps from your pores." - FFN CH. 8
The smells are practically infused in to the walls and penetrates the noses of every single worker. It is amazing how something with such a stench is eventually transformed in to a delicacy.
"Glasses and safety goggles fog up..."It's hot and foggy, and you can't see anything,".. The crew members cant see or hear each other when the machinery's running. They routinely spray each other with burning hot, chemical-laden water." -FFN CH. 8
"He saw friends get badly injured on the job, lost the middle finger on his right hand while using a saw, got knocked unconscious when a side of beef fell off a hook and struck him on the head." -FFN CH.7
"One day a man slipped had hurt his leg; and that afternoon, when the last of the cattle had been disposed of, and the men were leaving, Jurgis was ordered to remain and do some special work which this injured man had usually done." -The Jungle
Despite their injuries, any employees were forced to continue with their job. They had to work to live, even if their occupation brought death to cattle. Staying alert and efficient was crucial, because if severe enough, a slip up may cost them their own fate.
"But for saving of time and fodder, to was the law that cows of that sort came along with the others, and whoever noticed it wold tell the boss, and the boss would start up a conversation with the government inspector, and the two would stroll away." - The Jungle
"The Job also brings enormous power. Each supervisor is like a little dictator in his or her own section of the plant largely to free to boss, fire, berate, or reassign workers." - FFN CH.-8
"He was an avid pilot, and the new legislation also provided tax deductions for ConAgra's corporate jets. A number of state legislatures called Harper's "blackmail." But the legislature granted the tax breaks, afraid that Nebraska might lose one of its largest private employers." -FFN CH.7
Meat packing bosses pretty much do everything and anything they want, because they will destroy anything that gets in their way. If something goes wrong, they will find some way to move around it for their own benefit, despite legislatures, they will make it work in their favor.
"...they were raised (da cow) to the killing beds, where the gang proceeded o handle them, with an air of business lil nonchalance which said plainer than any words that it was a matter of everyday routine." -The Jungle
"In 1982 the slaughter house in Greeley reopened without a union, paying wages that had been cut by 40 percent. Former workers were not offered jobs. Instead Monfort transferred some employees from it Grand Island plans and hired new ones." -FFN CH. 7
"His fax is splattered wight gray matter and blood. He is the "knocker", the man who welcome cattle to the building. Cattle walk down a narrow chute and pause in front of him...a steel bolt that knocks the cattle unconscious." -FFN CH.8
Apparently these are normal everyday jobs people are willingly accepting. Employees are around icky conditions, and are handles by their employers in any way the company wishes. Though there are attempts from unions, people are okay with the conditions they are in, most don nothing to change their job, fearing the loss of their jobs.
"There would be meat that had tumbled out on the floor, in the dirt and sawdust where the worker had tramped and spot uncounted billions if consumption germs." - The Jungle
"-the federal government greatly reduced the enforcement of health and safety laws." -FFN CH.8
"Thee effects of this new meatpacking regime have become as inescapable as the odors that drift from its feedlots, rendering plants, and pools of slaughter house waste." -FFN CH. 7
"The banks of "Bubbly Creek" are plastered thick with hairs, and this also the racers gather and clean." -The Jungle
Disgusting results from the smells of unsanitary buildings. Not only the buildings, but the odor dispensed from their wastes. The behavior is unhygienic and irresponsible, new methods for waste disposal need to be implemented, with improved regulations enforced by the government.
Miscellaneous Writing, Still Somewhat Relevant, Sorry I Began To Rant
The Jungle was written by Upton Sinclair in 1906 and speaks about the atrocities in the meat packing business. From Unsafe working conditions for workers, to the disgusting treatment of food, Sinclair's revolutionary novel was the first step to safer consumption of meat for customers. Decades later Eric Schlosser wrote a similar novel by the name of Fast Food Nation. Schlosser criticizes the transformation of food consumed in our modern era, and goes in to detail about how it affects those who purchase it, along with those who produce it. Both authors were passionate about making a difference, and hopeful for the possibility of changes among consumers. If there is a massive demand for Change, there will be change. When The Jungle reached shelves, millions of Americans were outraged by the realities of the food they were eating in their own homes. The grotesque conditions the meat was in led to a public outbreak. Meat packaging was improved, however working conditions for employees were not. In the late 1990's, Monsanto, a biotech company which produced genetically modified potatoes made millions off of a new breed of potato created in their labs. Companies such as Long John Silvers and global McDonald's purchased these potato's from happy farmers. The vegetable was modified so it's leaves would poison one if it's biggest enemies: the Colorado Potato Beetle. This insect ate the plants, harming their harvest and crops. This potato seemed revolutionary for both Monsanto and farmers, since it was an attempt to reduce the amount of pesticides necessary to keep produce healthy. Once the public realized they were consuming GMOs, but since customers were not informed of the fact that they were eating a different potato they were used to, large companies such as McDonald's stopped purchasing these potato's, for the sake of their sales. This decision seemed as a "tragedy" for Monsanto executives. However McDonald's continues to dominate the fast food industry. Though these genetically modified potato's displeased the public, just poisoned meat did over a century ago, behind the counter, employees are still hauling their job.