The public could make themselves more familiar with a certain candidate because they recognized certain cartoons or nicknames that were chosen to represent the politicians. Sinclair told them about the rats, rat poison, and rat dung; that they workers would scoop off the meat to pack it. The cartoons also put everything in proportion to the size of the problem. This was largely due to the revelation of the poor packing conditions revealed in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. After trimming, the mark might not appear on retail cuts such as roasts and steaks.
Thus, the concerns of today's inspectors are broader and include unseen hazards such as microbiological and chemical contamination. I do not believe that these people were purposefully out to get the American consumers that were buying the poisoned and unsanitary products, but as I said before simply lazy and possibly ignorant. It related the conditions packers processed pork and beef, tainted it and then shipped it to millions of American people. My intial reaction to this chapter was that it was very shocking. The situation in the meatpacking plants was very bad at the turn into the 20th century.
In my opinion, this is unfair and unjust. Although I had never really thought about how simplified my ideas of history can be, I immediately saw how easy it is to fall into the traps set out for us by political cartoons and other historical documents. I also agree that the Wadsworth and Lorimer's bill was a sham for allowing the packers to continue to operate under these conditions. This is where the government steps in, to help solve controversies. I also did not know much about this until reading this chapter.
Luckily, news about the perils of using the bacterium reached the company which cancelled the shipment of their product. But before I read this book I did not understand how unsanitary the industry was. . Inspectors must be fully informed of recipes, manufacturing processes to prevent adulteration, false labeling and to assure sanitary handling. Even though these story-like accounts are true and accurate, the main factors in these complex political situations are twisted with symbols to transmit them in an almost surreal fashion.
This name fits the packing plant because there were many types of animals in the meat, just like there are many animals in a real jungle. The men described the factories of having mixed vile things into the meat that they were packing. Though I believe a meat-packing reform was needed, I am not a big fan of how Roosevelt and other politicians made it seem to the public like they were the heroes and the meat packers were the evil villains who love giving people bad-quality meat. How do I know this? It is fairly tender, but, because it has less marbling, it may lack some of the juiciness and flavor of the higher grades. I believe this is senseless considering the things they knew with what the meat packers and other food industries were doing. The novel was also meant to illustrate his dislike of capitalism. This report gave Roosevelt the bigger stick now.
This chapter is about perseverance. Thankfully, Sinclair took action and published his findings, though in a manner that also put in many plugs for Socialism. By withholding their horrific discoveries from several meat packing factories, President Roosevelt could force almost any restriction on the meat packing industry. The meat packers did need a reform on how they processed their meat, but they were not bad people like politicians made it seem; they just did not have the time or an order from their leader to make the meat packing place a cleaner environment. Luckily, today packers are more closely regulated to insure that the consumer is getting a wholesome product. Looking back on this chapter, I realize how much of this information I did not know. I completely disagree with how certain parts of our government work.
Take Tiger Woods for example, a great athlete, good role model, and a family man. It is great that she did because without the publishing of The Jungle, we still might not have any food regulations. I agree with you completely that Teddy deserves all the praise for improving our meat- packing conditions. The idea alone of the way conditions used to be is simply revolting. He serves as a great example to follow. It is just cruel how they treat theses animals beforehand.
The author, however, insinuates that neither of the mission statements above were the top priorities of either group. This show that economic and political powers have a huge influence on the outcome, as well as the branches of government working together. Therefore, the people who officially weigh and inspect those shipments will continue to work. After the release of the book The Jungle, Roosevelt was horrified to learn of the atrocities in the meat market during the early 1900's. Symbolic languages serves to simplify extremely complex realities. A good point that the author made in this chapter was that the packers recycled every part of the animal that they could.