Fast Food Nation Essay Titles
In the scariest portion of the book, he details all of the potentially lethal microbes that have invaded the food supply, e. He goes to great lengths to show how inadequate the system is for inspecting meat and testing for these contaminants, and I'll accept every word he says.But he also concedes that when meat is cooked properly these microbes are killed and then points out that food irradiation will also destroy them and is safe, but that misunderstanding of the process and fearmongering has kept it from being widely adopted.Moreover, assuming that you believe in evolution, shouldn't we expect this to be a temporary problem, one that will take care of itself as succeeding generations develop mechanisms which don't store fat ?Perhaps the best effect of Schlosser's honesty is that when it comes time to make proposals for solving some of the problems he's raised, he's pretty reasonable.This willingness to present both sides of the issues, combined with his prodigious research on the industry, makes for a book that, though the author clearly has a viewpoint that he wants to get across, also allows readers to make up their own minds, and provides the information necessary to make informed decisions.Though I disagreed with many of Schlosser's arguments, it was really refreshing to find an author who acknowledges competing views.
Nor was my fear allayed by this defensive sentence in the Introduction : I do not mean to suggest that fast food is solely responsible for every social problem now haunting the United States.He makes a big issue of the attempt by restaraunteurs to hold employees to minimum wage and not give them benefits, but at the same time he acknowledges that most of the workforce is made up of teenagers and : Although some students..at fast food restaurants to help their families, most of the kids take jobs after school in order to have a car.Now, I'd acknowledge that a labor force of fathers trying to support their families on minimum wage would represent a social problem, but I won't shed a tear over teens who want their own cars.No one can honestly take issue with his point that the fat content in fast food is ridiculously high, and that the enormity of portions is unnecessary.However, in arguing that fat consumption is a unique problem, he accidentally concedes one of the great achievements of the industry : During thousands of years marked by food scarcity, human beings developed efficient physiological mechanisms to store energy as fat.I don't believe that his book makes the case that such a step is necessary.It does, however, enable the reader to better understand what goes on behind the scenes to get that Big Mac or Whopper into your hands.-ESSAY : At Last, Americans Swallow the Truth About Their Burgers (Andrew Gumbel, Independent Digital (UK) -ESSAY : Ignorance is Bliss (Eric Alterman, The Nation) -BOOK CLUB : This week, Katha Pollitt and Marjorie Williams investigate Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser's stomach-turning indictment of Mc Donald's, Burger King, and their ilk.(Slate) -REVIEW : of Fast Food Nation (Maria Russo, Salon) -REVIEW : of Fast Food Nation (Michiko Kakutani, NY Times) -REVIEW : of Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal By ERIC SCHLOSSER (ROB WALKER, NY Times Book Review) -REVIEW : of Fast Food Nation (Nicols Fox, Washington Post Book World) -REVIEW : of Fast Food Nation (Philip Delves Broughton, Daily Telegraph) -REVIEW : of Fast Food Nation (Complete Review) -REVIEW : of Fast Food Nation (Audrey Row, SF Chronicle) -REVIEW : of Fast Food Nation (James Meek, London Review of Books) -AWARD : Best Investigative Series: "Fast Food Nation," by Eric Schlosser, Rolling Stone, September 3 and November 26, 1998 (Impressions Magazine) ANTI-FAST FOOD SITES : -Mc Spotlight GENERAL : -National Council of Chain Restaurants -The American Meat Institute (AMI) -ESSAY : SERVICE TENSION : Cretinous clerks, -- woolly-headed waiters, angst-ridden attendants -- you just can't get good help these days.Eric Schlosser Links: -BOOKNOTES: Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market by Eric Schlosser (C-SPAN, June 15, 2003, 8 & 11pm) -ESSAY: The U. Bucks a Trend on Marijuana Laws (ERIC SCHLOSSER, 6/01/03, NY Times) -INTERVIEW: A writer's life: Eric Schlosser (William Leith, Daily Telegraph) -REVIEW: of Reefer Madness, and Other Tales from the American Underground by Eric Schlosser (John H.Richardson, Esquire) -REVIEW: of Eric Schlosser's REEFER MADNESS (Kirkus Reviews) Book-related and General Links: -EXCERPT : Chapter One of Fast Food Nation -ESSAY : Fast-Food Nation (Eric Schlosser, The Rolling Stone, September, 1998) -ESSAY : Why Mc Donald's French Fries Taste So Good (Eric Schlosser, Atlantic Monthly) -ESSAY : Reefer Madness (Eric Schlosser, Atlantic Monthly) -ESSAY : Marijuana and the Law (Eric Schlosser, Atlantic Monthly) -ESSAY : In the Strawberry Fields (Eric Schlosser, Atlantic Monthly) -ESSAY : A Grief Like No Other (Eric Schlosser, Atlantic Monthly) -ESSAY : The Prison-Industrial Complex (Eric Schlosser, Atlantic Monthly) -DISCUSSION : "Doing Company Time: The Privatization of Prisons" (Hoover Institution) -AUDIO INTERVIEW : with Eric Schlosser (Bill Goldstein, NY Times, January 18, 2001) -INTERVIEW : with Eric Schlosser (Katharine Mieszkowski, Salon) -INTERVIEW : Unhappy Meals (Atlantic Monthly) -INTERVIEW : CASUALTIES OF THE MARIJUANA WAR : It isn't just cancer and AIDS patients who are suffering because of America's anti-pot hysteria.