Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser (2022)

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

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Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser is a novel that exposes the bitter truth about the fast-food industry in the United States. The book is not only an expose of the dangers associated with fast foods but also a consideration of how the fast food industry has defined and shaped American society. The author describes a great deal of American culture to the mentality of fast food, and he has realized that globalization is taking the culture of fast food in the world at a very high rate. “Fast food is popular because it is convenient, its cheap and tastes good” (Schlosser 2) In the book also, Schlosser address many issues that are related to food production and distribution and how this chain of movement of fast foods has harmed the society. Additionally, the author tends to represent this theory by also stressing on the importance of interdependence among all patterns of behaviour and institutions within a social system (Schlosser 14). The book The Fast Food Nation is, therefore, an eye-opener on the dangers of fast foods with more emphasis on American society.

I have liked several things about the book because Schlosser makes it fascinating from the word go. The title of the book, “ Fast Food Nation”: The dark side of the American meal makes the book sound gloomy and dull, but Schlosser contradicts this with a bright graphic colour.” Indeed, market research has indicated that children often recognize a brand logo before they can realize their name” (Schlosser 43). This title teaches me that we may be presented with a nice meal that looks appetizing but in a real sense, with a contradiction of the meal. There is an assumption that the meal of most Americans isn’t healthy, but instead, fast food gives me an insight as to why most people like them. “ Dozens of people were standing in line to buy bags of McDonald’s Famous Hamburgers” (Schlosser 18). If people fail to read what their nation’s favourite food is, then they will be considered naïve. Schlosser thus uses the book to inspire people to read and learn more about fast foods, especially in the United States.

I have also liked the book “Fast Food Nation” because Schlosser has written it to prove that the fast-food industry is responsible for many problems that are affecting today’s society. He begins the book by explaining to us how the fast food industry came to be and the people who pioneered the whole thing. According to the author, Carl Karcher was the first person to inspire this industry (Schlosser 4). The author goes ahead to describe the starting point of Carl Karcher and how he bought his first hot dog cart and finally, how he owned four hot dog carts in Los Angeles, California. Schlosser then goes ahead to describe the lives of many other pioneers of fast foods such as William Rosenberg and Glen Bell. “ Roy Kroc took the McDonald brothers’ Speedee Service System and spread it nationwide, creating a fast-food empire (Schlosser 34). All these people started from the bottom and dynamically rose to the top in the provision of fast food services. The book is, therefore, an inspiration to many people who may wish to venture into the food industry.

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I was surprised by how Schlosser balanced the book. When I heard about the book, I expected a start-to-finish diatribe against the fast-food nation even before reading it, but this was not the case (Schlosser 9). The author has instead used a different approach which I refer to as a soft-touch. It is through this style of writing that Schlosser has been able to reach a massive multitude of people readers who wish to learn about the genesis of the fast-food industry mainly in America and the dangers associated with it. People feel happy going to the MacDonald’s to make pizza and other first foods, repercussions notwithstanding (Schlosser 23). I’m also surprised and too cynically shocked by how companies are doing everything they can to make profits without considering the health and welfare of the consumers of their products. This is very common in the 21st century.

Despite the many fascinating things about the book, there are some issues that I did not like. Unlike The Jungle” which is the spiritual acceptor of the Fast Food Nation, Schlosser has failed to stir up any noticeable change in the public policy towards the production of meat in America (Schlosser 135). Instead, Schlosser is just praising the factories that manufacture meat in America but has failed to pass a criticism to the processes involved and the chemicals that are used during the production of such meat. Instead, Schlosser claims that the processes involved are a secret to the manufacturing factories. “The secrecy is deemed essential for protecting the reputation of beloved brands” (Schlosser 16). The reader should know the processes involved and the chemicals used to take precautions. I also did not like the book because the author has “failed to spark a rebellion against the injustices of the industrial capitalism” (Schlosser 89). The book provides the myriad ways in which an amoral system that is allowed to run wildly has devastated the physical health and the economic wellbeing of a considerable number of Americans.

There is essential data that jumped out of the book. The author has just generalized the whole issue that fast foods are harmful to people’s health, but he hasn’t specified the exact types of fast foods that we should avoid. “I think people should know what lies behind the shiny, happy surface of every fast food” (Schlosser 153). Instead of providing exact data of the specific types of fast foods that are dangerous, Schlosser has decided to tie the whole thing together. The book has also failed to be specific to the types of infections associated with fast foods. “In other cases such as the rise of franchising and the spread of obesity, fast food has played a central role” [Schlosser] Schlosser needs to be very specific on the different dangers associated with fast foods to create awareness to consumers. Even though the author has provided the states of California and Colorado as the most producers of fast foods, consumers need to know the specific factories that produce fast foods in those states.

In conclusion, Fast Food Nation as acted as an eye-opener to my life. After reading it, I wish to change my consumption behaviour for the benefit of my health. First, I have decided that I shall never eat a hamburger again because the book has already painted a wicked, horrible picture of the food industry in my mind. I have also decided not to allow advertisements for fast foods in schools for the benefit of our kids. Fast food companies are donating money to schools in exchange for advertising space, and this means that instead of growing smart kids, we are becoming fat ones. Ignorance is bliss, and therefore, I have decided not to burgers, pizza and fatty fries after reading the book. I will ultimately turn a vegetarian. Finally, I will create awareness in people and change the social construct of fast foods.

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