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As God as my witness, I shall never eat another hamburger as long as I shall live That s what I said after reading this book Then the phone rang It was my friend who wanted to go grab a quick bite at Wendy s I had a cheeseburger I never looked back baby It s not that this book paints the fast food industry in a wicked horrible light It doesn t become a witch hunt, this isn t Hey, you know, Elie Wiesel is right, Nazi s are real sons of bitches which is what I expect most people think after reading Night I ve never read it myself I just expect people think that after reading said book though to be honest, most people probably think that already, unless you re Mahmoud Ahmadinejad , but it s not all puppys and flowers either Really, it s rich old white men looking out for themselves and who else are they going to look out for It s been a few years since I ve read the book, so I could be wrong about this, but I m going to say this book isn t even as harsh on the fast food industry as Supersize Me A film which I refuse to see, because Duh Eat nothing but fast food for a month and you re going to get sick Who was shocked by this movie No, but you don t get it it s how sick he was, and how fast That s usually the opposing argument I get I still say Duh I m going to make a movie where I shoot up heroin three times a day for a month, or smoke seven packs of cigarettes a day for a month, or hit myself in the head with a hammer five times a day for a month, and see what happens I really want people to say, Man, I knew that hitting yourself in the head with a hammer was dangerous, but who knew how dangerous it could be I mean he was brain damaged by the second day I m never hitting myself in the head with a hammer again But I digress, this isn t about film this is about books.It s a pretty good book for the history lesson on how fast food got started, and how the industry has done a good job screwing everyone from farmers, to fat kids, to illegal migrant workers, to small business owners, to who knows who else And just when you start to think, Man, screw fast food the author himself says he still eats fast food then you think, I sure do like them McDonalds fries Then you hear about the newest Halo 3 tie in at Burger King, where not only will your fries be wrapped in a Halo 3 themed package, but your soda will come in a Halo 3 cup So what, so what if the meat might be tainted with the fingers of an illegal, or so what if the farmer who sold the slaughtered cow can barely aford new boots, dammit, I want it my way, and I want it my way now Plus there is this one part of the book that talks about how some fast food companies will donate money to schools in exchange for advertising space or a spot in the cafeteria and let s be honest, what would you rather have fat smart kids, or fat dumb kids Smart thin kids isn t an option this is public school we re talking about here.It s a light romp through the dark underbelly of the fast food world 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 Pepper cause Dr Pepper rulz.
(((READ E-PUB))) ⇥ Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal ⇨ Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad That s a lengthy list of charges, but here Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning.Schlosser s myth shattering survey stretches from California s subdivisions where the business was born to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike where many fast food s flavors are concocted Along the way, he unearths a trove of fascinating, unsettling truths from the unholy alliance between fast food and Hollywood to the seismic changes the industry has wrought in food production, popular culture, and even real estate back cover I could easily give this book a 5 for its well researched and informative content, its engaging pacing, its excellent mix of dry facts and gossipy tone I literally couldn t put the book down since I picked it up from my sister s bookshelf.I started reading with high hopes I heard so much about the book and how it changes people s perception on fast food I do not eat a lot of fast food but I enjoy my occasional burgers from Burger King, crave Chicken McNuggets from time to time and adore KFC with heaps of fries, rice and ketchup The book begins with the history of McDonalds which encompasses not only the corporate history but also the history of fast food and its supporting industries So far so good As I proceed, I find it hard to accept its two major themes big corporations are the big bad wolf who feast on little people and the king of the pack is McDonalds.Although the author writes that he doesn t say McDonald and the fast food corporations are the roots of all American problems, he essentially implies so throughout the book That is not fair The reason for finger pointing to McDonald and some unknown Carl Jr and Jack in the Box is not apparent in the book Brand wise, I wonder how KFC fare in all these debacle although tacobell, owned by the same company, gets an honorary mention Consumerism wise, what about those insatiable American appetites Another strong message is that the big corporations sell cheap food, by taking advantage of suppliers and their poor, illiterate workers, not from the goodness of their hearts but for humongous profits Fair enough But he goes on to argue that the marketing tactics employed, though necessary, are unethical I am not comfortable with this statement Since when have we all lost our cognitive power and freedom of choice When an advertisement says that drinking insecticide is good for us, won t our instinct warn us otherwise If the kids insist on eating McDonald to collect the latest figurine from Nemo, where are the parents with conscience who will firmly tell them no when a no is warranted I have no problem with presenting selected facts to support a theory or argument But I have problem with authors who do not explore or conveniently neglect the other side of the equation One particularly disturbing fact massaging is his argument that fast food restaurants are favourite crime targets and the crimes are mostly inside jobs On the same page, he mentions that fast food industries have high labour turnover and can afford only to hire people with questionable background Now, is it chicken first Or egg The author offers obvious solutions in the epilogue One of the most irritating ones is proposing that free roaming cattle rearing is the way to go He conveniently avoids these questions How can he reconcile the math of vast overhead to maintain the land, huge labour cost we want our workers to be paid and insured well , and small customer base transporting meat to all over the country is bad with affordable prices Aren t these organic, grass fed beef normally sold in chic upscale supermarkets Is he suggesting no child policy to curb the population and to make way for those healthy, happy cows The book doesn t stop me from anything Prior to reading, I already know that these fried foods are not good for my health and moderation is key to all my eating activities I enjoy reading the book but feel misled by its content The problem with the fast food nation is not the cheap end product at high social cost but the lack of common sense and excessive gluttony of its consumers I remember someone who wrote an email full of expletive because, after reading this book, he felt McDonalds caused his children s addiction to the Happy Meals Now I understand why he, like countless fans, was so readily bought the book s theme is David vs Goliath, its tone straight from tabloids, its information tasty morsels from the dark side of an otherwise wholesome industry The book provides ammunition for people who prefer to absolve personal responsibilities In short, this book is served the way people like it, regardless of its content. Written on May 29, 2012 I am glad that I had a large Pizza and a KFC burger at the Delhi airport before I started this book Adios fatty fries, triple decker domes and cheesy discs, you will be missed Ignorance is indeed bliss sometimes.Update June 22, 2014I am happy to report that I have largely stuck to this Ever since reading this I have virtually avoided this sort of trash and must have eaten a maximum of a couple of burgers and pizzas in the last two years and that too most reluctantly, when unavoidable Thanks, Schlosser. Fast Food Nation is a fascinating and very readable book In some ways it reminds me of Upton Sinclair s The Jungle It s not only a critique of fast food, the chemicals we are ingesting and the health problems we are facing, it is also critical of a system that allows exploitation of young, old and immigrant workers, and of the suburban sprawl that resulted from the eradication of efficient and environmentally friendly public transportation by the auto industry The author focuses his criticism on the states of California and Colorado when in reality the same strip malls with the same chain stores and miles of fast food clusters and suburban sprawl exist all over the US I have always been particular about what I eat and rarely visit fast food restaurants, so this book has not changed my eating habits drastically It has, however, made me a wiser consumer. Oh, America When will you wise up In 1998, the seed of Fast Food Nation appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine Schlosser s expose has since been expanded to a book and then a movie, and still international love affair with fast food continues The latest edition also contains an afterword addressing mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy In it, Schlosser accomplishes the almost Herculean task of weaving together the birth of the fast food industry, the growing connection with car and highway culture, the growth of kid targeted marketing McDonalds and Disney were early leaders , the developing connection between the industrialization of our food and family farmers particularly chicken, potato and beef , the anti union connection and the development of the engineered food product I liked it than I thought it would expecting a didactic cardboard entree, I was provided with a seven course meal.He shows true journalistic roots by beginning sections with a human interest angle, from the beginning with Carl Karcher Carl s Jr and Richard McDonald, to the potato kingpin J.R Simplot, to a Colorado rancher fighting to protect his ranch against enroaching suburbs, to a union representative fighting for safer conditions in slaughterhouses If there was any weakness in the book, it would be the challenge in bridging the stories from the individual to the larger philosophical and systemic issue I understand the human face helps a reader create meaning, but for me it occasionally felt contrived, particularly in the international settings.For me, there was an especially powerful moment of revelation when Schlosser points out the drawback of dealing with corporations, not local owners The nation s meatpacking firms, on the other hand, have proven themselves to be far less committed to remaining in a particular community They have successfully pitted one economically depressed region against another, using the threat of plant closures and the promise of future investment to obtain lucrative government subsidies No longer locally owned, they feel no allegiance to any one place Doesn t that just about sums up the state of industry in the U.S The only times a corporation can t cut and run is when it depends on a highly skilled workforce It s one reason the create jobs political platforms make me a little crazy.I found myself wishing this was required reading It s not that I m opposed to fast food I m opposed to a lack of informed choice Full disclosure should include understanding some important points from Fast Food Nation 1 Flavor experts are utilized to create the optimal taste combination that hits our salty fat sweet spot 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.coli in school lunches have killed children 3 the burger is sourced from cattle feedlots, where 75% of the pre cooked meat contained microbes normally found in fecal material4 companies specifically target children so that they can manipulate their parents into taking them against parents better judgement5 potatoes and chicken come from marginalized farmers who are basically one step up from indentured workers, buying raw ingredients from the company and selling the grown product back to them, and insulating the company against risks such as weather, crop failure or disease6 companies target teens and non English speakers as workers because they are less liable to demand rights or living wages, and still the company gets a tax break for training 7 absolutely, positively, there is no way to eat healthily at McDonald s with the exception of a side salad no dressing , fruit and yogurt parfait 5.2 oz , grilled premium chicken classic sandwich, apple slices and egg whites You may be healthy in spite of the food, but not because of the food.Again, not saying I condone the choice I have my once a year Shamrock shake, and an intermittent fry craving, proving just how great childhood marketing is and the lure of salty sweet carb goodness Less than 5 stars is because for me, the journalistic style over reached, especially on the section on the German McDonald s, both in Eastern Germany and the one near Dachau as well as Gorbechev speaking at a Las Vegas convention of franchise owners But overall, it was an excellent book, entertaining and insightful Reading it gave voice to my intuitive feeling that there is something rotten in the system Cross posted at This, I feel, is now a classic book in the wrongs going on in the food making world Although this is from 2001, I feel many of the revelations are still true, unfortunately It is US centric, yet at least some of the facts appear worldwide, depending sometimes on the country But it did make me feel wary about eating fast food if I was traveling in US.This book of 3 years of research talks about the industry of fast food, and its consequences on people, animals, and nature There are notes and a bibliography at the end, and two afterwords The city of Colorado Springs, and some other places near it, are the example centers for many stories within.This is not a story merely of dangers within food, and on treatment of animals, but also on people suffering because of it Some of the people are given here as examples of this, and one is left with great sadness after reading their fate I will now go on to list the chapters 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 view spoiler 1 Beginnings history of many fast food companies, including the influence of car culture, and looks of each place 2 Getting to the kids Disney s involvement, advertising, the toys 3 The staff in US often teens part time, unskilled, low pay causing dropping out of school sometimes the stricts rules, unpaid overworking, lack of unions, violence in the workplace 4 Being a franchisee incl history, rules success not guaranteed, conflicts with the franchiser Subway esp bad 5 Potatoes french fries how it is done, how farmers suffer esp smaller , where the good taste comes from natural flavor not necessarily healthier than the beef tallow used before Here we find the often quoted ingredients list for stuff in strawberry milkshake long and hair rising 6 Cattle business here we find ranchers suffering just like the potato farmers above, small plots merging into bigger ones Similar is also going on with poultry growers Some ranchers commit suicide, like the example of Hank here 7 Meatpacking industry workers often illegal sometimes immigrants, often illiterate and unaware of any rights high turnover rate usual lasting time 3 months creating poverty and crime drug ridden areas around the smell from feedlots the shit history from urban to rural, away from unions 8 Health risks of workers in said industry from knife cut scars to DEATH the working conditions are dangerous, especially because of the speed demanded many accidents go unreported and injury reviews are often falsified abusive supervisors, especially for women who get verbal sexual abuse also from male workers especially bad for sanitation crew who work with chroline mixed, hot water poor visibility, heath, hit with water by other workers, falling risks, etc Later the author tells us that while the places he reported about were bad, it was worse in Texas 9 Contaminated food you might refrain from eating when you read this chapter the e.coli, salmonella, listeria The meatpacking systems lax food safety pratices does not help What bad can be introduced in the meat besides those mentioned many, but especially SHIT Children being vulnerable also through school food which gets cheap meats Feedlot issues worn out dairy cattle, all the shit around, what they eat other animals, incl cats and dogs The industry goes for denial, inspection avoiding, recall avoiding hiding The meat also can end up in the home freezers 10 Fast food globally rise of obesity, less use of traditional food, agricultural production imports, advertisement for kids, spying on protesters Global conquest especially post Cold War, causing protests Epilogue 1 Different ways of raising beef Conway s Red Top closed in 2012 and In N Out still going strong what good influence can come from McDonald s power what even the ordinary consumer can do Epilogue 2 added after first prints on Mad Cow from feeding other animals to cows same sort of feeding happens in other places poultry, hogs, pets, zoo animals Reaction to the problem not addressed well at first This shows that contaminated food appears in other countries too although US has avoided serious Mad Cow stuff, who know what will happen Also addresses reaction to the first prints of the book hide spoiler Wowwwww.By the time you finish reading this book, you will strongly consider becoming either a vegan or a hard core local eater, or both I took a tiny bit of comfort in knowing that I eat vegan about half the days in the year still, the book really scared me It s hard, factual journalism with a huge section of footnotes in the back As much as I d love to dispute some of Schlosser s claims, I look around me and see evidence to support what he says about the amount of cheap food we eat and what it s doing to us.Contrary to popular opinion, this is not a book that vilifies fast food Chains like In N Out Burger are extolled for using fresh, safe meat and peeling their own potatoes Nor does it vilify carnivores The gist of the book is that, in our relentless demand for a cheaper, efficient system, we have neglected the human element of each phase of food preparation, from farm to plate Something has gone horribly wrong.The author avoids what could be a smug, glib attitude in favor of an urgent, prodding tone it is clear he believes we are in a crisis, and he is probably right It s hard to go back to your favorite restaurant and order a hamburger after reading What s in the Meat, or to complain about work after finishing The Most Dangerous Job Serious stuff.I do think Schlosser comes down way too hard on conservatives in the book, and he admits in the epilogue that to be fair, many liberals are guilty of the same sins For instance, the Clinton family has close ties to the poultry industry in much the same was as the Bush family does to the beef industry which is the primary subject of his research Finally, I applaud his conclusion, which is a very pragmatist and even capitalist approach in a free market, we vote in dollars spent If, through our purchases, we demand safer meat, fresher produce, and fair pay for food service industry workers, we will get what we want It s a simple matter of doing research before we buy, of supporting small farms who do things the old, slow, respectful way.Well, I d say enjoy but I read it too I gave it three stars only because I couldn t justify saying I loved it when it consistently made me want to skip dinner But I m glad I read it You should read it too.Kyrie eleison Another title for this entertaining book could have been Our disposable society How our utter disrespect for our selves, each other and our environment created the world we live in today The automobile s destructive force on American life was been well documented in other works But Schlosser extends that work specifically as it relates to the food industry Not just fast food But the entire food industry And it s scary stuff.Bottom line we re killing our selves Yes, fast food is bad for you But its not just the crap they serve at the chains The influence of fast food is so pervasive that it effects all aspects of our nation s food supply And it does so adversely Our nation s food supply is now a full blown public health crises Food poisoning is epidemic Food supply recalls from corporate farms, meat plants and canneries are a weekly occurrence Each episode worse than the previous.Schlosser doesn t offer solutions He sounds the alarm. Schlosser takes us on a crash course in American history, and it all starts with McDonalds At the same time that Ray Kroc was envisioning how McDonalds could change the world and make him rich , Eisenhower was overseeing the construction of the superhighway system Almost immediately, fast food restaurants began mushrooming on the edges of freeway entrances, and America was never the same Fast food isn t just unhealthy, its destroying our culture Instead of looking around at our beautiful environment, we see mostly urban sprawl gigantic neon signs, and cookie cutter subdivisions Not only does this loss of beauty affect our souls, our standard of living has gone down Gone are many good jobs Meatcutter jobs that were part of the middle classes are now mainly occupied by illegal immigrants who are so desperate they will risk losing their fingers or their lives in these dangerous, difficult jobs And what has happened to the livelihood of farmers is a national shame Being that this book is 20 years old, there is reason for optimism Slow food has become a movement Organic foods are sold in every grocery store But we still have to make the choice The choice of what world we wish to live in The temptations to stop for fast food are still there But improvements that Schlosser was dreaming of are happening, and I recommend this book because these gory details and tragic histories could freeze into our brains and be a fit reminder to bypass these common and convenient foods and begin to make changes in our lives The history of these companies is important to know They cared about keeping their pockets lined, at the expense of their workers At the expense of peoples lives.