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The Market's Fine Print
John Harrington DTN Livestock Analyst
Tue May 22, 2012 05:29 PM CDT

While pink-slime pikers like Gerald Zirnstein and Jamie Oliver have enjoyed their 15 minutes of rhetorical fame this spring, these amateurs in sensationalism can't hold a candle to the purple prose of Upton Sinclair, that muckraking crusader of the early 20th century whom President Theodore Roosevelt once characterized as a "crackpot."

In his classic novel "The Jungle," Sinclair takes after the unregulated and strong-stomached packing industry with a writing style that borders on terrorism.

If your eighth-grade recollection is as foggy as mine, here are a few excerpts that represent Sinclair's stinging, take-no-prisoners narrative:

"The meat would be shoveled into ...

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