Download file to see next pages Read More. It has major capabilities including — self sustainability for a whole month, deep within. Introduction Next to death and taxes, fast food might be the most unavoidable experience for Americans. Should be required reading for all I have been using this book as required supplemental reading in my economics classes at a community college for two years. A lot has happened in the 10 years since this book was written. Schlosser takes us on a crash course in American history, and it all starts with McDonalds.
It's not that I'm opposed to fast food; I'm opposed to a lack of informed choice. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion. Maybe it's not quite as dismal as the author says but it certainly is different. Even if you think you know what this book says, I recommend picking it up and checking it out. A brand offers a feeling of reassurance when its products are always and everywhere the same.
Fast Food Nation is as relevant today as it was a decade ago. Neither the meat, nor the French fries are processed the way they should be. We didn't exactly throw a fast food party, but I think everyone would have eaten the food had we done it. What also is of concern is the Americanization of food around the world, bringing food of questionable nutrition and its accompanying health issues, such as obesity and heart dise Although a little dated, this book takes a good look at the fast-food industry and what effect it has had on people's lives--starting with the history of how it all began. The book is divided in two: first part talk mostly about the business and people behind the counter, the second part focuses on food and global business.
Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. And fast times ask for fast food:. Anaheim had been settled in the late nineteenth century by German immigrants hoping to create a local wine industry and by a group of Polish expatriates trying to establish a back-to-the-land artistic community. Fast food isn't just unhealthy, its destroying our culture. For example, Schlosser cites that hundreds have died from E.
Schlosser's critique is particularly strong when analyzing the meatpacking industry, which he tags as the most dangerous job in America. And thus this industry sector was also revolutionized in the least proper manner which now packaged cows in small areas where they were fed corn instead of fresh grass to speed up their growth and would then be shipped to slaughterhouses. I th McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, and more. Although this is from 2001, I feel many of the revelations are still true, unfortunately. It'll learn you but good, and it certainly gave me pause, right before I went out and got a 4 supersized with a Dr.
I should have asked her why she was so unsettled that I was reading this book while enjoying a Big Mac and chocolate shake, but I didn't. Getting to the kids: Disney's involvement, advertising, the toys. Because fast food restaurants have learned another trick: the content is not important; the form is. The ways in which the cattle were raised and the food they were given are listed as contributing factors to why the meat gets infested. I heard so much about the book and how it changes people's perception on fast food. Most narrators are at least pretty good; they have a relaxed, informal reading style that gets out of the way and lets the words of the author take you where the author intended. He's ended up in this future utopia, but there are some puzzling details that don't quite fit.
Carl worked there seventy-six hours a week, selling goods to local farmers for their chickens, cattle, and hogs. Schlosser has his moments of leftist, Republican-bashing arguments, but for the most part he tells a balanced story. Anyways, she went on to ask why I would be reading this book in a McDonald's. He looks back at the history of the city from the last 50 years and he notes that everything changed when more people moved to the area looking for jobs. A particularly poignant chapter is devoted to the story of Sam and Charlie Fabrikant, two teen brothers who undergo gastric bypass surgery in an attempt to lose some of the 300 pounds they piled on from a steady diet of fast food. After I read her review, I was reminded of how much I really like the book. The history of these companies is important to know.
Thus chicken pieces contain an average of 30 different ingredients, of which salt has been added in at least three different steps and an artificial strawberry shake contains over 28 ingredients 2 the industry has been key in fighting against food regulation and testing, even when known outbreaks of E. Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled the juggernaut of American cultural imperialism abroad. The southern California drive-in restaurants of the early 1940s tended to be gaudy and round, topped with pylons, towers, and flashing signs. I didn't really expect to learn much that was new. Less people are dying from foodborne illness because it is being acted on immediately or so I hope.
I'm not saying it's a bad book by any means but it's not the kind of book one enjoys. It's not that this book paints the fast food industry in a wicked horrible light. The meatpacking systems' lax food safety pratices does not help. It is, on the one hand, a very sensible subject for any treatment of the American food industry, as its buying power is vast, and its franchises are located in all fifty states. The cordon bleu meal in front of them turns out to be a ghastly pile of chemical slop.
A fast food kitchen is merely the final stage in a vast and highly complex system of mass production. This allows Schlosser to track, within a relatively small geographic area, a cross-section of society as it relates to food production. The gist of the book is that, in our relentless demand for a cheaper, more efficient system, we have neglected the human element of each phase of food preparation, from farm to plate. He had never set foot outside of northern Ohio. He even ventures to England and Germany to clock the rate at which those countries are becoming fast food nations.