Friday Fun: Who Killed Lard?

On a recent Friday, Planet Money‘s Robert Smith and Zoe Chace fingered Upton Sinclair as no less than a cold-blooded (vegetarian) killer. His victim? Lard. The context:

The meatpacking industry was huge at the turn of the century. Think Chicago. Think slaughterhouses. And they marketed the hell out of lard. It was in every household and there really wasn’t an alternative, like nobody questioned using lard until [insert: dramatic pause] a certain book came out. The Jungle. Our first suspect in the killing of lard is author Upton Sinclair.

Did he really do it? Listen to the rest to find out.

Image: …as if you need additional proof that lard clearly faked its own death.


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