Fast Food Nation

Posted by on Monday, May 21st, 2007

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser.

I was a bit late to the party with this one.  I was worried that reading the book would either force me to become a vegetarian or make me afraid to ever eat anything again. 

It turns out that, as disgusting as the information about much of our food supply is, I continue to care more about workers’ rights than I worry about personally suffering from food poisoning. 

Not that I like food poisoning–it’s not fun to experience on a personal level, as I re-learned last fall.  And knowing that children, elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems are being killed by preventable food poisoning all the time in this country makes me really angry.   

But the danger to our food supply is really a symptom of how screwed up corporate law and culture is in the US.  Terrifying.  Very bad for communities and workers and consumers.  I started working on my list of who I need to boycott, and I’m afraid I now can’t eat anything that I don’t grow myself, which is a problem since I live in suburbia, can’t have livestock, have a relatively small vegetable garden, and really do like to eat animals. 

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  1. --Debon 27 May 2007 at 10:15 am 1

    I wasn’t impressed by this book at all. In fact, I gave up after about two chapters–I don’t like being preached at, and I didn’t think the writing style was worth the aggravation (grin). Besides, I’d rather keep at least SOME of my illusions that my food is reasonably healthy!

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