When I started this book, I expected something like Super Size Me. A book detailing why fast food is bad for us. But what I got was more like Sinclair's The Jungle (and indeed, that book is mentioned several times in this one). This book focuses on the labor and unethical business practices of fast food.
with the origins of fast food, and it's a really interesting look at
history. From Walt Disney's interaction in the industry to the founders
of all the major fast food chains, there are a lot of people
represented here. It also shows how they became so popular and why they
are thriving today. Next it heads into what the book calls "Meat and
Potatoes". It shows the different ways these two products are
manufactured and the inherent dangers that happen in processing.
There's also a lot on the subject of food borne illnesses. Finally, it
ends with the globalization of the fast food restaurants.
feels very strongly about the subject and you can certainly tell what
side he's on. And I'm on the same side, so it doesn't bother me at
all. But Monsanto and some of the other companies represented in this
book might not be as happy with it. And from this book I found out that
some states actually allow the food manufacturers to sue you for libel
if you say something against their food without sufficient proof to back
it up. So, I'm hoping for the authors sake, that everything in here is
well researched and true, although with the size of the bibliography
and notes there was a lot of research done.
This is a subject
that hits near and dear to me because I care about where my food comes
from. Unfortunately my wallet is not as picky so I probably do consume a
little food that comes from the manufacturers as I can't afford organic
for every meal. But I do the best I can, and every little bit counts.
And I do have to say, like The Jungle, this book has put me off
hamburger meat again. Like I said before, it is biased, but Schlosser
has done his research. He's able to grip you with the facts at the same
time turning your stomach and making you feel for the people working in
such poor conditions to produce the food. I for one wouldn't mind
paying more for my food if it meant better safety for the workers, and
this book opened my eyes to that.
An eye-opener type of book.
You'll explore things about the food industry that you don't
particularly want to know. But it's well written and informative and
while I would have liked to see more on the health effects of the food, I
definitely learned by reading this book.
Fast Food Nation