On November 25, 1968, American journalist and author Upton Sinclair died in Bound Brook, New Jersey. Sinclair wrote 90 books, but his most famous is The Jungle. In The Jungle, Sinclair exposed the unhealthy and inhumane conditions in the American meatpacking industry. The publication of this book in 1906 caused a public outcry, and led to the passage of the first food-safety laws in the United States. After an investigation into the conditions described in Sinclair’s book, the government passed the Pure Food and Drug Act and Meat Inspection Act, and created the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make sure food produced in the U.S. was safe to eat.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry analyze Verb
to study in detail.
scientist who studies living organisms.
person who studies the theory and application of atoms and molecules, and their relationships and interactions.
to use up.
FDA adjective, noun
(Food and Drug Administration) United States government agency responsible for "protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation."
material, usually of plant or animal origin, that living organisms use to obtain nutrients.
Encyclopedic Entry: food government Noun
system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.
to bring in a good or service from another area for trade.
person who reports and distributes news.
animal flesh eaten as food.
substance used for treating illness or disease.
available to an entire community, not limited to paying members.