29 Jun '11, 7pm

How the meat industry turned abuse into a business model: via @grist

How the meat industry turned abuse into a business model: via @grist

The meat industry routinely abuses workers and animals. Cross-posted from Mother Jones . As a long-time student of the meat industry , I read Ted Genoways' extraordinary article on conditions at the "head table" of a factory-scale pig-processing plant with delight. As a human being, my reaction was revulsion. In a single long piece, Genoways lays out the crude history of U.S. meat over the past 80 years. We get the unionization of the kill floor in the wake of Sinclair's The Jungle , the post-war emergence of meatpacking as a proper middle-class job, the fierce anti-union backlash of the '70s, followed by corporatization, scaling up, plunging wages, and then, well, all manner of hell breaking loose, graphically documented by Genoways. All I can add to the story is to emphasize how forces in the broader economy turned the meat industry into one that profits not by putting o...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/industrial-agriculture/2011-06-29-ho...

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