"The Jungle Revisited" - Tony Horwitz - Wall Street Journal

"The Jungle Revisited" - Tony Horwitz - Wall Street Journal

by: Tony Horwitz | publication date: December 1, 1994 | Publication: Wall Street Journal | pages: A8

". . .But not all of the changes in the industry have bettered workers' lives. With increased automation - including, in some plants, the use of robotics and lasers - many jobs have become 'deskilled,' according to Donald Stull, a meatpacking expert at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Workers who once followed individual cattles through the plant, performing many of the skills of a butcher, 'now stand in the same spot, making the same cut thousands of times a day,' he says. This also heightened the risk of cumulative trauma, which contributes to meatpackin'g ranking as the most dangerous industry in America. . ."

Tony Horwitz explains how Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" hasn't fully changed the slaughter and packing industry.

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