Through WorldCat, I was able to find a book called The Ethics and Economics of Agrifood Competition. Writing my paper about Tyson Foods, I really wanted some insight into the industry in general, to frame Tyson as a company compared to other companies. After reading through some of the chapters of this book, I came across a chapter labeled, “The Problem with Poultry Production and Processing.” After reading this chapter, I realized there are so many more ethical issues within the food production industry than just the horrible abuse of animals. The chapter cited a time when Tyson was caught and sued for attempting to import illegal immigrants to work in its factories and underpay them as workers. This source completely changed my outlook on what I could write about in this paper.
While Tyson, Perdue and other companies are clouded by animal abuse allegations, I never once considered the ethical dilemmas faced by the workers of these giant conglomerates. Being under-payed and abused in terms of work hours and the jobs they are forced to do are serious matters. However, on the other hand, Tyson workers have been known to abuse the animals they slaughter for consumption. I am realizing now that while I originally thought Tyson would be mainly an animal and environmentally focused, there are more dimensions to questionable ethics.