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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (original 2001; edition 2002)

by Eric Schlosser

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Title:Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Authors:Eric Schlosser
Info:Harper Perennial (2002), Paperback, 383 pages
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Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser (2001)

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Wow, if this doesn't open your eyes to the entire fast food industry and even grocery store meat, then munch blissfully away. The serendipitous thing about the timing of my listening to this book on CD is that I was headed for Colorado where one of the featured places in the book is located, and where the author may be from. I passed some of the places discussed in this book in Colorado and Nebraska. They look exactly as described. I haven't eaten much meat since I "read" this, and no beef. Even if you love meat, you should read this book.

The first half or so discusses the history of the fast food industry, including politics and people, and how things got to the state they are now and why. The second half reveals what really happens behind the scenes in making all those Happy Meals, etc. This half is not just about production but about conditions and people and how warped things are and how much worse they keep getting. Yes, if you ever eat fast food, you are part of this. No, you can't avoid being part of it even if you never eat fast food if you still buy meat at grocery stores.

I'm not a vegan or vegetarian by any means, nor do I advocate that anyone quit eating meat. I do think you ought to consume and prepare beef and other meat with your eyes open, with knowledge.

The information contained in the book is something everyone should know about. The reader of the book on CD isn't all that riveting, so maybe it's better to read the book. ( )
  Rascalstar | Jan 21, 2017 |
OMG! What a powerful book.... I began reading this book thinking that it would be a lot of negative talk about fast food restaurants. Instead, what I found was a book filled with facts, history, and really useful information. What I learned was both good and bad. The history behind the fast food trend and how it impacted lives all around the world was fascinating. The extreme details behind slaughterhouses, on the other hand, was enough to help me decide to never eat red meat again. I really believe that this book has made a significant positive impact on my daily eating habits and the food decisions I will be making for myself and my family in the future. I truly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn about the impacts of fast food on our society and the treatment of our cattle and animals in general. Great read. ( )
  Bubamdk | Sep 9, 2016 |
A solid work of narrative journalism, one that raised the ire of big corporations across the country, who have instituted a smear campaign against the author. The sections about the meatpacking plants are particularly harrowing, and not just for the gruesome and unsanitary way the meat is processed but for the way the labor--often undocumented immigrants--is treated. ( )
  bookofmoons | Sep 1, 2016 |
I've never looked at McDonalds the same way again. ( )
  euroclewis | Jun 8, 2016 |
Valuable information, but nothing hippies and liberals haven't known for years. This is a great book to read if you're just getting interested in the politics and actual nutrient values of food, but if you've spent some time educating yourself on the subject this just states what you've known all along. Also, it's not very progressive--it mentions a few things that are wrong but doesn't get into anything radical. At least it's a step in the right direction! ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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''Fast Food Nation'' provides the reader with a vivid sense of how fast food has permeated contemporary life and a fascinating (and sometimes grisly) account of the process whereby cattle and potatoes are transformed into the burgers and fries served up by local fast food franchises.
This is a fine piece of muckraking, alarming without being alarmist.
It is a serious piece of investigative journalism into an industry that has helped concentrate corporate ownership of American agribusiness, while engaging in labor practices that are often shameful.

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On any given day, one out of four Americans opts for a quick and cheap meal at a fast-food restaurant, without giving either its speed or its thriftiness a second thought. Fast food is so ubiquitous that it now seems as American, and harmless, as apple pie. But the industry's drive for consolidation, homogenization, and speed has radically transformed America's diet, landscape, economy, and workforce, often in insidiously destructive ways. Eric Schlosser, an award-winning journalist, opens his ambitious and ultimately devastating exposé with an introduction to the iconoclasts and high school dropouts, such as Harlan Sanders and the McDonald brothers, who first applied the principles of a factory assembly line to a commercial kitchen. Quickly, however, he moves behind the counter with the overworked and underpaid teenage workers, onto the factory farms where the potatoes and beef are grown, and into the slaughterhouses run by giant meatpacking corporations. Schlosser wants you to know why those French fries taste so good (with a visit to the world's largest flavor company) and "what really lurks between those sesame-seed buns." Eater beware: forget your concerns about cholesterol, there is--literally--feces in your meat.

Schlosser's investigation reaches its frightening peak in the meatpacking plants as he reveals the almost complete lack of federal oversight of a seemingly lawless industry. His searing portrayal of the industry is disturbingly similar to Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, written in 1906: nightmare working conditions, union busting, and unsanitary practices that introduce E. coli and other pathogens into restaurants, public schools, and homes. Almost as disturbing is his description of how the industry "both feeds and feeds off the young," insinuating itself into all aspects of children's lives, even the pages of their school books, while leaving them prone to obesity and disease. Fortunately, Schlosser offers some eminently practical remedies. "Eating in the United States should no longer be a form of high-risk behavior," he writes. Where to begin? Ask yourself, is the true cost of having it "your way" really worth it? --Lesley Reed

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Presents an examination of the fast food industry, tracing its history and discussing how it arose in postwar America, as well as the impact it has had on economy, food production, and popular culture.

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