Eric Schlosser, an award-winning journalist, opens his ambitious and ultimately devastating exposé with an introduction to the iconoclasts and high school dropouts, such as Harlan Sanders and the McDonald brothers, who first applied the principles of a factory assembly line to a commercial kitchen. However, he rapidly moves behind the counter to the overworked and underpaid teenage workers, onto the factory farms where the potatoes and beef are grown, and into the slaughterhouses run by giant meatpacking corporations. Schlosser wants you to know why those French fries taste so good (with a visit to the world's largest flavour company) and "what really lurks between those sesame-seed buns". Eater beware: forget your concerns about cholesterol, there is--literally--faeces in your meat.
Schlosser's investigation reaches its frightening peak in the meatpacking plants as he reveals the almost complete lack of regulation. His searing portrayal of the industry is disturbingly similar to Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, written in 1906: nightmare working conditions, union busting and unsanitary practices that introduced E.coli and other pathogens into restaurants, schools and homes. Almost as disturbing is his description of how the industry "both feeds and feeds off the young", insinuating itself into all aspects of children's lives, even the pages of their school books, while leaving them prone to obesity and disease. Fortunately, Schlosser offers some eminently practical remedies. "Eating in the United States should no longer be a form of high-risk behaviour", he writes. Where to begin? Ask yourself, is the true cost of having it "your way" really worth it? --Lesley Reed --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Hundreds of millions of people buy fast food every day without giving it much thought, unaware of the subtle and not so subtle ramifications of their purchases,” writes Eric... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roland Boland
Real eye-opener - opens up the scandalous American fast-food industry for all to read -minutely researched, very well written - I quote it and recommend it all the time!Published 3 months ago by Keith
This classic book is a must-read. It has not dated,as many of the issues are still current. I would also recommend Schlosser's book for teens, which is a complete rewrite, with... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Andy
I don't intend to write war and peace but anyone who looks after themselves eats relatively healthy read this and then find a good fishmongers!!!!!!Published 8 months ago by David Montgomery
Factual analysis of a tough industry is depressing as is the way that the food industry goes all out for profit at the cost of employees and consumers health. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kevin Clarke
This book will put you off fast food for the rest of your life! But it a very good examination of the problems with the fast food industry and points a clear way to resolving it.Published 14 months ago by Ms. D. Barrett