3 August, 2014
Summer Assignment: Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, Prompt #2
Almost everyone at some point in their lives has had food from fast food restaurants. They seem to be in every town, every city, every country, and every corner of the planet. They’re cheap, fast, and children love receiving toys with their kids meals. Fast food restaurants sprawled from southern California, starting as hot dog stands, then restaurants, and finally billionaire fast food chains. But behind the great tasting food and the happy television ads are some very unpleasant news. In Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, the author, Eric Schlosser, investigates the dirty and secret events that unfold beyond the grills and frying pans. From horrific injuries in meat processing plants to how fast food restaurants aggressively target children through ads, Schlosser touches on about everything fast food restaurant chains have and are doing, exposing them for what they really are: greedy and careless about others.
Before someone receives a hamburger with beef, the beef was processed at a meat processing factory. Making millions of dollars a year, top meat processing companies sell their meat to fast food chains, such as McDonalds. From outside of the factories, not much seems out of the ordinary or illegal, but inside is a totally different story. The working conditions are completely unsanitary. Puddles of blood are all over the floor. Workers are forced to butcher animals and process their meat at fast rates, too often causing injury. The stories told by workers who suffered injuries on the job are gruesome and heart breaking. Many were forced to work right after their injuries like Raoul, an immigrant who came to the U.S. looking for work, who had a tendon severed and was put immediately back on the production line “A tendon had been severed. After getting stitches and a strong prescription pain...