Essay about Fast Food Nation

2110 Words Feb 23rd, 2006 9 Pages
The story of the fast food industry and its effect on the world is well told in the book Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. Schlosser makes the claim that, what started out as a special treat for the kids eventually ended up defining a way of life. During a brief period of time, the fast food industry has helped transform not only the American diet, but also our countryside, economy, workforce, and popular culture. The book thoroughly describes how important the two factors of money and power are in today's society. The book clearly establishes the broader thesis that as consumers, we should know what we eat even if it makes us uncomfortable by the knowledge. On any given day in the United States about one quarter of the adult …show more content…
The book also tackles the issues of family farms and the fast food industry's little known practices that keep consumers hooked and coming back for more. Schlosser writes about the New Jersey Turnpike, which is the heart of America's flavor industry. Chemicals are added to flavor the burgers, fries, and milk shakes to add to their charm. These employers have more to do with the taste of the foods we enjoy than those behind the counter at a fast food joint. Family farms are now being replaced by gigantic corporate farms with absentee owners. When cattle prices start to rise, the large meatpackers can flood the market with their own supplies to drive prices down, in turn cutting out the small man. Today about 44 million American's are obese and it all stems from the fast food industry. More than half of all American adults and one quarter of the children are overweight. Approximately 300,000 American's die each year as a direct result of being overweight, only smoking causes more deaths. The fast food industry has now grown more competitive in the United States, so the major

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