Corporations: Packing It Away

Americans are eating more meat than ever before, and the $14 billion meat-packing industry is patting its tummy with satisfaction. This year Americans will consume more than 32 billion Ibs. of beef, pork, veal and lamb, or 170 Ibs. per person. The meat packers are ready for the rush. The past few years have been lean ones for the industry, which suffered from inefficiency, slowness to change, and overcapacity created by allegiance to outdated methods of processing and marketing. But the meat packers have learned to adjust to a new era of...

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