Not quite a consensus, but generally very positive, with most considering it an important eye-opener. Most, but not all.
The Dark Side of the All American Meal by Eric Schlosser HarperPerenniel,pages, paperback Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad.
That's a lengthy list of charges, but Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning.
Praise for Fast Food Nation "This year, Americans will spend more money on fast food than on higher education.
Schlosser shows how the fast food industry conquered both appetite and landscape. Schlosser has a flair for dazzling scene-setting and an arsenal of startling facts.
Schlosser documents the effects of fast food on America's economy, its youth culture, and allied industries, such as meatpacking, that serve this vast food production empire. This is a book for all of us.
He tabulates the actual cost to life and culture food-borne disease, near-global obesity, animal abuse, political corruption, worksite danger of an all-American industry founded on the premise and promise of cheap.
An industry that began with a handful of modest hot dog and hamburger stands in southern California has spread to every corner of the nation, selling a broad range of foods wherever paying customers may be found.
Fast food is now served at restaurants and drive-throughs, at stadiums, airports, zoos, high schools, elementary schools, and universities, on cruise ships, trains, and airplanes, at K- Marts, Wal-Marts, gas stations, and even at hospital cafeterias.
Americans now spend more money on fast food than on higher education, personal computers, computer software, or new cars. They spend more on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and recorded music -- combined.
This is a book about fast food, the values it embodies, and the world it has made. Fast food has proven to be a revolutionary force in American life; I am interested in it both as a commodity and as a metaphor.
What people eat or don't eat has always been determined by a complex interplay of social, economic, and technological forces. The early Roman Republic was fed by its citizen-farmers; the Roman Empire, by its slaves. A nation's diet can be more revealing than its art or literature.
On any given day in the United States about one-quarter of the adult population visits a fast food restaurant. During a relatively brief period of time, the fast food industry has helped to transform not only the American diet, but also our landscape, economy, workforce, and popular culture.
Fast food and its consequences have become inescapable, regardless of whether you eat it twice a day, try to avoid it, or have never taken a single bite. The extraordinary growth of the fast food industry has been driven by fundamental changes in American society. Adjusted for inflation, the hourly wage of the average U.
During that period, women entered the workforce in record numbers, often motivated less by a feminist perspective than by a need to pay the bills. Inabout one-third of American mothers with young children worked outside the home; today almost two-thirds of such mothers are employed.
As the sociologists Cameron Lynne Macdonald and Carmen Sirianni have noted, the entry of so many women into the workforce has greatly increased demand for the types of services that housewives traditionally perform: A generation ago, three-quarters of the money used to buy food in the United States was spent to prepare meals at home.
Today about half of the money used to buy food is spent at restaurants -- mainly at fast food restaurants. The McDonald's Corporation has become a powerful symbol of America's service economy, which is now responsible for 90 percent of the country's new jobs.
InMcDonald's operated about one thousand restaurants. Today it has about twenty-eight thousand restaurants worldwide and opens almost two thousand new ones each year.
An estimated one out of every eight workers in the United States has at some point been employed by McDonald's.
The company annually hires about one million people, more than any other American organization, public or private. McDonald's is the nation's largest purchaser of beef, pork, and potatoes -- and the second largest purchaser of chicken. The McDonald's Corporation is the largest owner of retail property in the world.
Indeed, the company earns the majority of its profits not from selling food but from collecting rent. McDonald's spends more money on advertising and marketing than any other brand.
As a result it has replaced Coca-Cola as the world's most famous brand. McDonald's operates more playgrounds than any other private entity in the United States.Schlosser wrote the novel Fast Food Nation in attempt to show America the "Dark Side" of the fast food industry.
Throughout the text, he emphasizes the point that fast food is a corrupting force that impacts nearly every aspect in America whether it's in relation to health, politics, economy, society, etc.
Schlosser goes into great detail about the research he had done to prove his point. Book Review of Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (Eric Schlosser, New York: Houghton Mifflin, Book Review of Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (Eric Schlosser, New York: Houghton Mifflin, The Perils of the Fast Food Industry Persuasive Essay A discussion on how the fast food industry is changing the land, workforce and culture of the U.S., based on Eric Schlosser's "Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All American Meal".
In his book, Schlosser analyzes and examines not only the history and development of the American fast food industry, but “The Dark Side of the All-American Meal”, including the industry’s business practices, controversies, and ethical issues.