September 25, 2010

Review: Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser (audiobook)

This is an eye-opening and thought-provoking book. At first I expected it to focus more on the unhealthy aspects of fast food, but it actually included many other aspects of the "dark side" of fast food. I learned a lot about the history of the fast food industry, specifically McDonalds and Carl's Jr., and the unfair labor practices they uphold. It was also fascinating to read about the ways in which fast food has negatively affected American culture as well as our farms and small businesses. I almost had to stop reading, though, when I got to the part about the meatpacking plants. I was disgusted with the way the animals AND the workers are treated. It's appalling how poor the work conditions are in these plants and how many workers are seriously injured or killed each year. The pressure put on meatpacking plants to increase speed of production is not only a danger to the workers, but also to the people who will eventually eat the meat. The meat is far more likely to be contaminated with deadly bacteria when the speed of production is increased. 

Overall, I found Fast Food Nation to be a well-researched book, but I felt bogged down by all the details at times. It definitely made me think twice about stopping for fast food.

Rating: 3/5


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