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Read Fast Food Nation The Dark Side of the All American Meal eBook ↠ Paperback × 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 EricArtful mix of first rate reportage wry wit and careful reasoningSchlosser'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 flavo Written on May 29 2012I 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 sometimesUpdate 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

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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 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 bookshelfI 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 McDonaldsAlthough 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 euation 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 uestionable 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 uestions 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

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Fast Food Nation The Dark Side of the All American MealRs 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 cove 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 USThis book of 3 years of research talks about the industry of fast food and its conseuences 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 withinThis 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 businessview 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 uoted 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 crimedrug 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 verbalsexual 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 ecoli 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 avoidinghiding 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 conuest 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