Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American
by Eric Schlosser
published by Houghton Mifflin
© 2001, 2002 by Eric Schlosser
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From Amazon.com's Best of 2001
Schlosser's investigation reaches its frightening peak in the meatpacking
plants as he reveals the almost complete lack of federal oversight of
a seemingly lawless industry. 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 introduce E. coli and other pathogens into restaurants, public
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 behavior,"
he writes. Where to begin? Ask yourself, is the true cost of having
it "your way" really worth it? -- Lesley Reed
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