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If we are what we eat, then we are not well.� Fast food is destroying us: individuals, communities, work and family life, and indeed, our very connections with the world.� This is the alarming yet prodigiously researched message of the best-selling new book by Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal.

Fast Food is a significant part of contemporary culture and economy: in 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food; in 2000, more than $110 billion.� Americans drink soda at the annual rate of 56 gallons--or nearly 600 12-ounce cans-- per capita.� McDonald's employs about 1 million people in the US, more than any other organization, public or private.� McDonald's earns the majority of its income not from food sales, but from rental income from its vast property holdings.� The golden arches that signify the firm are arguably the best-recognized symbol across the world, rivaling even the Christian cross.

The book chronicles, with vignettes, statistics, and engaging journalistic prose, the rise of fast food restaurants as they applied industrial practices of mass-production, specialization, and mass-marketing.� To turn kids into faithful, long-term consumers, fast food has forged alliances with toy companies, sports leagues, Hollywood, and our nation's school districts.� Exclusive contracts with chains such as Burger King and Pizza Hut have added to schools' budgets; although as the book documents, the costs of corporate presence in our schools are by no means small.� Fast food's employment of teenagers has accompanied the de-skilling of work, low-wages without benefits, elimination of employee training (even as corporations simultaneously accept hundreds of millions of federal dollars in the name of employee training), union-busting, and the frequent violation of child labor laws.� The book also takes up the industry's little-known practices that keep us hooked: chemicals that are added to flavor the burgers, fries, and...

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