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Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
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Nov 30, 07

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Read in June, 2002

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Magnificent. Investigative journalism packed with facts but still interesting on every level. Not only covers practices of the fast food industry but also their suppliers, meatpacking, chains and franchising in general, globalization, and the detrimental effect all of this has on health and culture. The USDA buying meat rejected by fast food companies in order to provide cheap school lunches!? Evil ConAgra and other huge corporations. Money-grubbing bastards with too much government influence. This book caused me to swing in the other direction on the "I love/hate capitalism scale," a great complement to Ayn Rand's profit-at-any-cost-makes-the-world-go-round view. Schlosser's conclusion was impeccable, calling for a balance between efficiency and morality in the fast food and meat packing businesses, large corporations in general. But those he condemns, he does with such matter-of-fact grace that after reading his book, it's hard to understand that anyone could feel any differently. He writes very objectively, but with a goal in mind, convincing in a very intelligent manner. I am now attempting to avoid fast food and boycott all ConAgra brands.

[11/30/07:
P.S. I now eat fast food about once a week, but wish it was less. However, I have more or less maintained my Conagra boycott. It's hard, because they own a million brands including Act II AND Orville Redenbachers, but I just wait until Pop Secret is on sale. I should just pop my own but oh well...

P.P.S. The movie based on this book is... not that good. More like The Jungle due to its dramatization, not really a documentary like I wanted.]
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