Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation: The Destruction of American Values

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In the book Fast Food Nation: The Darks Side of the All-American Meal, Eric Schlosser claims that fast food impacts more than our eating habits, it impacts “…our economy, our culture, and our values”(3) . At the heart of Schlosser’s argument is that the entrepreneurial spirit —defined by hard work, innovation, and taking extraordinary risks— has nothing to do with the rise of the fast food empire and all its subsidiaries. In reality, the success of a fast food restaurant is contingent upon obtaining taxpayer money, avoiding government restraints, and indoctrinating its target audience from as young as possible. The resulting affordable, good-tasting, nostalgic, and addictive foods make it difficult to be reasonable about food choices, …show more content…
Countless workers have been injured or killed because of excessive line speeds in factories, and much of the foods that come from them also carry diseases, yet many remain on grocery store shelves and fast food restaurants. Though fast food is affordable at first, the health costs paid by society make it much more expensive. As value driven as the fast food consumer is, almost none would eat something that did not taste as delicious as a Big Mac. Fats, sugars, or salts, or the combinations of all three make up the majority of fast food, and that is not surprising. Corporate executives have done a good job of hiding the ingredients of what makes up a natural or artificial additive, as well as how cattle are raised, and how the food Americans eat have been genetically modified. This is not a coincidence as Schlosser points out, “The Food and Drug Administration does not require flavor companies to disclose the ingredients of their additives…”(125). Without proper information on what is in their food, consumers are not considering health when choosing to eat fast food but convenience—that is if they have a choice. Long gone are the times when advertising was about informing an individual about a product. Marketing teams and psychologists work with fast food corporations on building long lasting relationships with children to the point that they “analyze children’s artwork, hire children to run focus

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