May 20, 2014
The fast food industry has impacted the lives of many. Cultures have changed throughout the introduction of these fast food places, such as the American culture. At first the changes that Americans experienced were not so bad, but as the fast food industry strived; the effects that it had on American culture grew to be problematic. The effects of the fast food industry on historical, economic, and health factors are something that needs to be paid more attention to.
The fast food industry, which has been around for three decades, focuses on feeding the growing economy instead of the quality that they should put into the food that they make. “The quality of the food has decreased and yet the industry is still booming with more and more people eating their food.” (Levitt 42). Instead of worrying about the quality that their food has, fast food industries are more focused on making enough to meet the number of people in the economy. Fast food places strived for quality over quantity, but now it seems that quantity is a whole lot better than spending time to make freshly made food. The productions of these industries used to be slow and steady because workers would take their time to hand make everything; however, human hands were replaced with machines to hurry the production of food and reduce the time spent on the production. This takes a toll on workers because less people are employed because the work is easy enough for one person to do the same thing for hours. “When a machine replaces a production worker, both the firm and consumers as a group benefit. The loss falls mainly on the worker who is displaced.” (Kuttner 2). People are losing their jobs because something that would take a lot of time and quality is just being thrown together in a matter of seconds by one or two set of hands. Although people can take shifts and rotate what they have to do in the fast food industry, it still cuts back on a lot of checks that someone could have used to help feed their family. Machines also decreased the amount of skill that an employer, who works in the fast food industry, needs. Someone who is unskilled or even barely qualifies can work at fast food places because they just have to do the same task repeatedly. “…instead of paying high-priced, skilled workers to do a job from start to finish, employers could split the job into its constituent parts and assign each task to minimally qualified workers…” (Leidner 1). Fast food industries are taking advantage of workers and put them in separate stations to do a specific thing. Workers are not getting much from the job and if they are it is only about how to make a burger or fries that may or may not be ordered. Simple jobs, such as the fast food industry, receive low wages because of the low skill level of their employers. Not only has the fast food industry affected the American culture historically, but it has also affected it economically. When fast food industries were created they started off as small businesses, which were meant to please the people and keep them full with good food. Businesses, such as McDonald’s and Burger King, became profitable in the end. Something that started off small became something that took the economy by surprise and continued to grow and expand in American culture. “In the U.S. alone there are over 200,000 restaurant locations. Revenue has grown from $6 billion in 1970 to $160 billion last year, an 8.6% annualized rate.” (Fast Food Industry Analysis…). As the fast food industry continues to make more McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, and other fast food places, they use various methods to stay successful in the producer scene. Franchises of the fast food industry began using the method, throughput. Throughput was the rate at which the business achieved their goal. Through throughput a business tries to serve as many consumers as they can and make sure that they have a nice time...
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