Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

October 1995


Published in Great Plains Research 5:2 (Fall 1995). Copyright © 1995 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Lamenting the exploitation of meatpackers at the hands of America's multi-billion dollar beef industry, sociologist Carol Andreas presents a case study of ConAgra, Inc.'s operations in Greeley, Colorado. Andreas asserts that large companies purposely exploit labor to survive in a highly competitive global market. Accordingly, she argues that the u.s. meatpacking industry, epitomized by ConAgra's operations, represents a flawed economic system that fails to offer advantages either to blue-collar workers or their communities.