Fast food nation by Eric Schlosser is a book about the American way of life. The
Dark Side of the All-American Meal, he argues that today’s slaughterhouses and
meatpacking industries are revoltingly unsafe, unsanitary, and employees are treated
unfairly and with little or no respect. He gave me as a reader a lot of solid factual
material. He did his own research so all of the information came from him. I strongly feel
it should be necessary that the food as well as the working conditions be regularly
monitored. Fast food restaurant should not be allowed to add so much salt and sugar to
their food to make people addicted. I feel like they are targeting young children and
adolescents because they are their biggest consumers. The working conditions need to
also be watched carefully. People should be able to work in a safe environment and be
provided with medical care if they are injured at work.
The book is broken down into two sections. In the first section, The American
Way, Schlosser examines the beginnings of the fast food industry in America post-
World War II. The second section, Meat and Potatoes, looks at the specifics
of the fast food industry, including the chemical flavoring of food, the production of
chicken and cattle, the working conditions within the beef industry and the dangers of
eating meat. In the first part of the book, Schlosser discusses how McDonald’s came to
be and how Carl Karcher and the McDonalds brothers pioneered the fast-food industry
in southern California. He then examines how Ray Kroc and Walt Disney both rose to
fame at a when their relationship with each other was complicated. Schlosser also
spends time looking at how the food industry makes child friendly advertisement
because that is where most of the business comes from.
Schlosser then visits Colorado Springs, CO to see the working... [continues]
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