Despite the hard labor, he seems content with her wages but also know that if for some reason she will be unable to work, the company will not hesitate to find someone else to do the same job. Careful timing and luck are also required. Cogs in the Great Machine 8. Most gruesome are the details regarding the state of agribusiness and, especially, the meatpacking industry. Were you shocked that Fast Food Nation documents some of the same unsafe conditions and practices that Sinclair revealed nearly 100 years ago? Franchising has been around since the 19th century, and was especially useful when fast-food chains emerged because banks were often unwilling to invest in this new industry.
Also all of the men could not keep a job. These ubiquitous chain restaurants have assumed such a large role in American life that they are largely taken for granted. And the fast-food industry loves kids: it couldn't survive without them. This is a fine piece of muckraking, alarming without being alarmist. It's a pity Schlosser's mind is so relentlessly preoccupied by politics, and a callow politics at that. Margaret and Carl bought a hotdog cart; Margaret sold hotdogs across the street from a Goodyear factory while Carl worked at a bakery.
Further, these corporate giants, through sheer political power and lobbying, have been able to systematically dismantle any attempts to effectively police the meat processing industry, leaving the consumer vulnerable to a host of infectious diseases rampant in slaughterhouses across the country and the workers without proper health care and workmen's compensation. Chew on This puts a nice, empowering spin on the old Burger King jingle, 'Have it your way'. Having lived in an agricultural area I already knew a lot of the information, but a lot of it was mind boggling. The industry seems to provide cheap, convenient, and fast food, and provide employment to a large number of people -- but the food is arguably not particularly healthy or downright unhealthy -- and, occasionally, lethal , and much of the work is low-skill labour performed by teenagers and immigrants, teaching them few skills. In the last chapter, Schlosser ends by analyzing how the fast-food restaurants became o worldwide phenomenon and how Europe and other continents were seen as a new, more profitable market for the big fast-food restaurants.
Leftover waste from cattle slaughterhouses is sometimes added to chicken feed. I shall certainly never do that again. Kroc tried to convince to let him sell McDonald products inside the parks but is rejected because at the point, the company was not big enough to be considered important enough to sell their products there. Unless otherwise stated, this discussion guide is reprinted with the permission of Harper Perennial. Each can of soda contains more than ten teaspoons of sugar.
To keep their customers loyal, McDonald tried to create the image of the restaurant as a friend of the family and link it with positive memories so the customers may feel compelled to return to the restaurant and to buy their food. Given the popularity of fast food, and the amount of it ingested by Americans and, increasingly, people all over the world this is information that desperately needs to be spread among consumers everywhere though not many people seem eager to hear it. Schlosser mentions teenage workers who won't eat the food at their workplace unless they themselves prepare it -- but most every teen surely has a friend or family member who works or worked in some fast food outlet or have worked their themselves and they have certainly all heard the horror stories from behind the counter and yet they still flock to these establishments to consume these products. The fast food industry itself is no stranger to greed and profit margins. Hazards of the job include injuries from the various machines and knives, strain to the body from poor working conditions, and even methamphetamine use in order to keep up with the production line. In the critically acclaimed and nationally bestselling Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser embarks on a journey that raises some disturbing questions about the practices and the food of those big corporations with the family friendly mascots.
With no concern for society's health, it advertises to the nation's young, using marketing techniques devised by psychological consultants and kids' focus groups. The cleaning teams usually work with dangerous chemicals and are forced to work in dangerous conditions for extended periods of time. For example, most of them were foster children or adopted, they never finished school, and came from poor families. Carl Karcher ran into his own difficulties throughout his career with Carl Jr. This leaves society asking at what price is success worth it? These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. The fast-food restaurant owners also supported different political figures hoping that one day they will benefit from others.
Interestingly, Schlosser is virtually silent about the tumultuous race relations in Southern California in this period. He looks back at the history of the city from the last 50 years and he notes that everything changed when more people moved to the area looking for jobs. This system required very little skill from its human operators. McDonald saw an opportunity in this and began buying potatoes from him. Schlosser says the most surreal experience of his three years researching this book happened in Las Vegas in 1999. Fast Food Nation is witness to the rigour and seriousness of the best American journalism, readable, reliable and extremely carefully done.
Among other things, he discusses: how and why it developed, current labour practices in fast food establishments, how the taste of food can now be manipulated, contemporary agribusiness, federal regulations and lack thereof , television advertising, health issues, and the spread of fast food abroad. Just like in agriculture, a small number of big companies bought the smaller farms and the quality of the meat also dropped as a result. Opposition has always remained against the idea of eliminating fast food as there are people who are always on the road and would like somewhere where they could grab a quick and cheap meal but it should be noted that health comes first and health is priority whereas the fast-food industry and its food are like cancer. He had resisted the idea of squeezing as many cows in an enclosed area as possible. This chapter opens in Greeley, Colorado--a small meatpacking town, home to a migrant industrial workforce. An editor will review the submission and either publish your submission or provide feedback.