23 October 2012
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Low paid workers and farmers losing everything, sounds like complete madness. In the book Stuffed and Starved by author Raj Patel, as well as the book Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser show similarities between how workers are paid low also working in bad conditions, and to carry along how farmers have become nothing more then people in debt and losing their land, and lastly how the NAFTA agreement between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico has played a huge role on how free trade has taken place and what is has done to the food market.
Workers now in the food industry have become nothing more than businesses puppets, sadly because they need a job so they will take what they can even if it’s for a lower cost. Companies will take workers that will work for less, mostly being migrant workers. In the book Fast Food Nation Schlosser says that, at Greeley slaughterhouse “Monfort began to employ a different sort of worker there: recent immigrants, many of them illegals” (160). The people in charge are taking what they can get for a lower cost. There became so much poverty in Mexico that many civilians were trying to get out and move to a place where they would have a better life for themselves and their family. This drove an increase in immigrants trying to cross the border, in reaction to this the U.S. government had to buckle down and make border hopping or trying to pass the border stricter. On another note behind doors working conditions are horrible and worker injuries have slyly become unnoticeable to society. Many places now are trying to keep injuries under wraps so they are not sued and are not given the trouble dealing with bad publicity or going under. My main example for this topic will be about working conditions in the slaughter house. For starters slaughterhouses are not really known for being the most sanitary at all times and are filled with many obstacles for workers to try and avoid. What I mean about...
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