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A must read! Will make you think twice about enjoying a burger meal.

  • Jun 13, 2008
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Although I still do resort to fast food occasionally, this book really made me aware of the economic and health tolls that this "convenience" really takes. From an economic perspective, fast food has extremely negative implications for people around the world. From the people who work in the restaurants to the people who work under dangerous conditions at meat processing plants to the indigenous people of the Amazon who have seen their livelihoods taken away due to deforestation, it becomes clear that fast food is a small convenience with a big foot print.

From a health perspective, fast food nation talks about the obvious. No one thinks that fast food is actually healthy. However, some of the practices that Schlosser discusses emphasize just how bad it really is. For example, who would have known that the smoked flavor on Burger Kings sandwiches comes from a chemistry lab in New Jersey rather than from being BBQ'd? Who would have thought that those delicious Taco Bell beans actually start out as flakes that rise and turn into beans when water is added?

These details and many more make this a fascinating read. While the movie is only decent, the book is something you won't want to miss.

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review by . July 01, 2010
A good read and start into questioning the food systems in America
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Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
This is an incredibly educational book. However, it makes you never want to eat in a fast food place ever again...
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
This book really gives you some insight as to where we are as a nation.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
This was required reading while I was in college, but it changed my life. For the last six years I have been vegan because of it.
Quick Tip by . July 07, 2010
An eye-opener once one is ready to change their lifestyle! But be prepared for that first, you may not want to go back...
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
Good information, but kinda stale anti-fast food rhetoric. McDonald's is horrible for you. Duh.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
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Fast Food Nation is a book about the effect of the fast food industry on the United States and the world. Eric Schlosser examines fast food giants like McDonald's, Burger King and Carl's Jr. in regards to brand loyalty, the meat packing industry and slaughterhouses, obesity, obsession with fast food and why the fast food industry has been so successful in serving this type of food and paying low wages to employees from every part of the production line involved in the final product.
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Author: Eric Schlosser
Genre: Non-Fiction, Company Profiles, Hospitality, Travel & Tourism, Professional, Culture, Family Health
Format: Paperback

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