Fast Food Nation By Eric Schlosser Essay

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Eric Schlosser’s novel Fast Food Nation was published on January 17, 2001 (a second edition was later published in 2002) in New York, USA. The novel has 252 pages and continues to page 383 to provide the reader with an epilogue, photo credits, notes, bibliography, acknowledgements, and an index. The novel follows the fast food epidemic from its beginning in the 1950s to its current and future impact on America and the rest of the world.
The first section of the novel, “The American Way”, introduces the reader to the origins of fast food in southern California and how the industry has innovated and changed since then to become an international power. Advances in technology allowed businessmen get cheap labor, cheap ingredients and almost effortlessly control restaurants all over the world. The second section, “Meat and Potatoes”, investigates the factors that are responsible for the popularity and wealth of fast food companies. As the government loses its power over the meatpacking industries, those industries have the authority to determine what quality of meat will be served at millions of franchises. Also, Schlosser investigates why fast food tastes almost identical all over the world. His research results include statistical and factual evidence that chemical components are responsible for the identical taste of foodstuff sold around the world. Schlosser uses facts to prove how fast food leads to problems in the United States socially and economically. For example, he…

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