05 May '12, 12pm

150 Years of Food Safety and the Challenges We Face in the Future

150 Years of Food Safety and the Challenges We Face in the Future

The USDA is celebrating nearly 150 years of existence since their establishment on May 15, 1862 in a bill signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The agency has guided our nation’s food system from its infancy to today, as an all too globalized market faces the dangerous backlash of rapid growth. At first the USDA had little power. In fact, it wasn’t until 1906, when public outcry from Upton Sinclair’s book The Jungle meant new legislation.The original intention of the book was to portray the life of immigrants living in the U.S. but instead, the focus of the book became unsanitary conditions at a slaughterhouse in Chicago. The book opened American’s eyes to the horrors of the meatpacking industry. One story detailed a worker falling into a rendering vat and being sold as lard. Public Fury Results in Change When Sinclair was asked about the book he famously said, “ I aimed at...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/health/150-years-of-food-safety...

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