Foot-and-mouth disease reminds us of earlier challenges this country has had.
Upton Sinclair's 1906 novel "The Jungle" led to the Federal Meat Inspection Act of 1907.
However, only those packing plants shipping meat out of state were inspected. It took 60 years to get meat shipped within the state under inspection.
The Wholesome Meat Act was signed into law by LBJ on Dec. 15, 1967. In attendance were Ralph Nader — who had played a significant role in its becoming law — and 89-year-old Upton Sinclair (in a wheelchair).
Sinclair tried to rise to his feet when he was introduced to Nader.
Fritz Mondale and Neal Smith played key roles in getting it through Congress.
Thirty-three years before, Upton Sinclair had run for California governor in 1934 on his EPIC (End Poverty in California) platform. He made a good run but lost.