Much of the taste and aroma of American fast food, for example, is now manufactured at a series of large chemical plants off the New Jersey Turnpike. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. But how these companies drive their employees like draft horses. I have always been particular about what I eat and rarely visit fast-food restaurants, so this book has not changed my eating habits drastically. In an age when Ronald McDonald is the second most identifiable fictional character to young children after Santa Claus , fast food embodies a number of modern American characteristics: the familiar, the ready-made, and the easily disposable.
By tracing the diverse influences of fast food I hope to shed light not only on the workings of an important industry, but also on a distinctively American way of viewing the world. And then he heard about a restaurant in the Inland Empire, sixty miles east of Los Angeles, that was selling high-quality hamburgers for 15 cents each—20 cents less than what Carl charged. Anyone who clings to the sentimental but foolish notion that politicians aren't bought off by the lobbyists for the major industry associations would do well to avoid this book. Table of Contents of Fast Food Nation Introduction I. It is a fast food parable about how the industry started and where it can lead.
The United States now has more prison inmates than full-time farmers. One particularly disturbing fact-massaging is his argument that fast food restaurants are favourite crime targets and the crimes are mostly inside jobs. Family farms are now being replaced by gigantic corporate farms with absentee owners. Schlosser's myth-shattering survey stretches from the California subdivisions where the business was born to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike where many of fast food's flavors are concocted. Nam interdum justo eget nisi pulvinar et condimentum orci bibendum. Future historians, I hope, will consider the American fast food industry a relic of the twentieth century--a set of attitudes, systems, and beliefs that emerged from postwar southern California, that embodied its limitless fiath in technology, that quuickly spread across the globe, flourished briefly, and then receded, once its true costs became clear and its thinking became obsolete.
He was amazed by the number of hot dog stands that were opening and by the number of buns they went through every week. Also, the detailed examples about food processing and taste are well. The harder you work, their father always told them, the luckier you become. Back to the original point - bias aside - this audio will raise your awareness of some issues that we can't continue to ignore. One historian has described the federal government's 1950s highway-building binge as a case study in interstate socialism -- a phrase that aptly describes how the West was really won. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics.
Now oranges seemed to be everywhere. Is he suggesting no-child policy to curb the population and to make way for those healthy, happy cows? On any given day in the United States about one-quarter of the adult population visits a fast food restaurant. The book inspires readers to look beneath the surface of our food system, consider its impact on society and, most of all, think for themselves. Today about half of the money used to buy food is spent at restaurants -- mainly at fast food restaurants. Schlosser notes that he is not interested in making fun of, or writing judgmentally of, people who consume fast food—who often, though certainly not always, are people in lower-middle or working class families. During Sunday services at St. During business hours, Carl did the cooking, Margaret worked behind the cash register, and carhops served most of the food.
Moreover, the tremendous success of the fast food industry has encouraged other industries to adopt similar business methods. A lot has changed in the world since the Mad Cow Disease and E. But the steady barrage of fast food ads, full of thick juicy burgers and long golden fries, rarely mentions where these foods come from nowadays or what ingredients they contain. By 1940, there were about a million cars in Los Angeles, more cars than in forty-one states. In many respects, the fast food industry embodies the best and the worst of American capitalism at the start of the twenty-first century—its constant stream of new products and innovations, its widening gulf between rich and poor. Adjusted for inflation, the hourly wage of the average U.
Countless other suburban communities, in every part of the country, could have been used to illustrate the same points. Fast Food Nation is a fascinating and very readable book. So: fast food -- gotta love it. This allows Schlosser to track, within a relatively small geographic area, a cross-section of society as it relates to food production. The company annually hires about one million people, more than any other American organization, public or private. They got rid of everything that had to be eaten with a knife, spoon, or fork.
The automobile industry, however, was not content simply to reap the benefits of government-subsidized road construction. Southern California had recently given birth to an entirely new life-style—and a new way of eating. We don't have the self control to watch what we eat. And, most astonishingly, huge numbers of people still frequent fast food establishments. Ihre Warnungen haben seither nichts von ihrer Aktualität verloren.
Given the popularity of fast food, and the amount of it ingested by Americans and, increasingly, people all over the world this is information that desperately needs to be spread among consumers everywhere though not many people seem eager to hear it. Los Angeles soon became unlike any other city the world had ever seen, sprawling and horizontal, a thoroughly suburban metropolis of detached homes—a glimpse of the future, molded by the automobile. The fact that rental income from franchisees is the primary revenue stream for McDonald's is mind boggling. Customers are drawn to familiar brands by an instinct to avoid the unknown. More importantly, driving seemed to cost much less than using public transport—an illusion created by the fact that the price of a new car did not include the price of building new roads. Brownell goes beyond the bestselling Fast Food Nation to explore the roots of the obesity epidemic and the enormous toll it is taking on the nation's health, vitality, and productivity.
The result of this pummeling left me weary and jittery. The United States now has more prison inmates than full-time farmers. Carl became a frequent visitor to the Heinz farm on North Palm Street. The McDonalds fired all their carhops in 1948, closed their restaurant, installed larger grills, and reopened three months later with a radically new method of preparing food. It comes from processed food. And farm-raised freshwater fish may soon be the most sustainable source of protein.