Fast Food Nation

Next Stop, The Jungle

The Jungle

"The beef had lain in vats full of chemicals, and men with great forks speared it out and dumped it into trucks, to be taken to the cooking room. When they had speared out all they could reach they emptied the vat on the floor..." 
"Any man who knows anything about butchering knows that the flesh of a cow that is abou to calve, or has just calved, is not fit for food... So in a trice the carcas of the cow would be cleaned out, and the entrails would have vanished; it was Jurgis' task to slide them into the trap, calves and all, and on the floor below they took out these "slunk" calves, and butchered them for meat, and used even the skins of them."
"All their sausage came out of the same bowl, but when it came to wrap it they would stamp some of it "special", and for this they would charge two cents more per pound."
"... meat that was taken out of the pickle would often be found sour, and how they would rub it with soda to take away the smell, and sell it o be eaten on free-lunch counters..."
"The grease and chemicals that are poored into it (Bubbly Creek) undergo all sorts of strange transformations, which are the cause of it's name; it is constantly in motion..."

Chapter 7