(Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All–American Meal) PDF/Ebook ð Eric Schlosser
L no allegiance to any one place Doesn T That Just Sums Up t that just about sums up state of in the US 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 crazyI found myself wishing this was reuired 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 Nation1 Flavor xperts are utilized to create the optimal taste that hits our salty fat sweet spot Thus chicken pieces contain 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 Aristotle and Poetic Justice even when known outbreaks of Ecoli 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 toat healthily at McDonald s with the xception of a side salad no dressing fruit and yogurt parfait 52 oz grilled premium chicken classic sandwich apple slices and gg whites You may be healthy in spite of the food but not because of the foodAgain 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 Bachelors and Bunnies: The Sexual Politics of Playboy 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 anxcellent book ntertaining and insightful Reading it gave voice to my intuitive feeling that there is something rotten in the system Cross posted at 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 critiue of fast food the chemicals we are ingesting and the health problems we are facing it is also critical of a system that allows xploitation of young old and immigrant workers and of the suburban sprawl that resulted from the Girl in Pieces eradication offficient and Battleground Chicago: The Police and the 1968 Democratic National Convention 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 sprawlxist all over the US I have always been particular about what I at and rarely visit fast food restaurants so this book has not changed my ating habits drastically It has however made me a wiser consumer 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 Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education eaten a maximum of a couple of burgers and pizzas in the last two years and that too most reluctantly when unavoidable Thanks Schlosser I couldasily give this book a 5 for its well researched and informative content its ngaging pacing its xcellent 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 Cruise Control eat a lot of fast food but Injoy 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 ncompasses 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 ssentially implies so throughout the book That is not fair The reason for finger pointing to McDonald and some unknown Ca. McDonald City Limits en Los Ángelesn cuya cocina implantaron l sistema de trabajo n cadena reduciendo l menú al mínimo y prescindiendo de todo lo ue precisaba ser comido con cubiertos de metal hasta su presencia global n todos los rincones del mundo Y su Culture and Enchantment estremecedor descubrimi. Schlosser takes us on a crash course in American history and it all starts with McDonalds At the same time that Ray Kroc wasnvisioning how McDonalds could change the world and make him rich Eisenhower was overseeing the construction of the superhighway system change the world and make him rich Eisenhower was overseeing the construction of the superhighway system immediately fast food restaurants began mushrooming on the dges of freeway ntrances and America was never the same Fast food isn t just unhealthy its destroying our culture Instead of looking around at our beautiful nvironment 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 souls our standard of living has gone down Gone are good jobs Meatcutter jobs that were part of the middle classes Another title for this ntertaining book could have been Our disposable society How our utter disrespect for our selves Baroque Personae each other and ournvironment created the world we live in today The automobile s destructive force on American life was been well documented in other works But Schlosser Democratic Art extends that work specifically as it relates to the food industry Not just fast food But thentire food industry And it s scary stuffBottom 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 ffects 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 pidemic Food supply recalls from corporate farms meat plants and canneries are a weekly occurrence Each pisode worse than the previousSchlosser doesn t offer solutions He sounds the alarm WowwwwwBy the time you finish reading this book you will strongly consider becoming ither a vegan or a hard core local Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group eater or both I took a tiny bit of comfort in knowing that Iat 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 Conscience and Memory: Meditations in a Museum of the Holocaust evidence to support what he says about the amount of cheap food weat and what it s doing to usContrary to popular opinion this is not a book that vilifies fast food Chains like In N Out Burger are Conscience and Memory 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 cheaperfficient system we have neglected the human Pansy Vol. 6 element ofach phase of food preparation from farm to plate Something has gone horribly wro This I feel is a classic book in the wrongs going on in the food making world Although this is from 2001 I 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 Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods eating fast food if I was traveling in USThis book of 3 years of research talks about the i Oh America When will you wise upIn 1998 the seed of Fast Food Nation appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine Schlosser sxpose has since been Elizabeth I expanded to a book and then a movie and still international love affair with fast food continues The latestdition also contains an afterword addressing mad cow disease or bovine spongiform Education in a New Society 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 werearly 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 Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education engineered food product I liked it than I thought it wouldxpecting a didactic cardboard ntree I was provided with a seven course mealHe 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 JR Simplot to a Colorado rancher fighting to protect his ranch against nroaching 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 settingsFor me there was an The Baby Swap Miracle especially powerful moment of revelation when Schlosser points out the drawback of dealing with corporations not local ownersThe 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 oneconomically 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 fee. Es ste un libro revolucionario de investigación periodística y de historia cultural ue posiblemente cambie la mentalidad actual sobre los hábitos alimentarios El autor repasa la historia de la comida rápida desde sus orígenes n l puesto de hamburguesas de los hermanos.