This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

99 Cent Cheeseburgers And The Hidden Immigration Costs Associated With It

1626 words - 7 pages

We could all associate some of our childhood and even teenage years memories to a cheeseburger. Without getting too specific, most of us have at some point seen a McDonald’s TV ad, been to one of their kid's playgrounds, or eaten their famous cheeseburgers at any of their multiple locations. We could say the same thing about some other well known franchises such us Burger King, Jack in the box, or Wendy's, to name a few. Yet have you ever wondered what the real cost of a 99 cent burger is? What if I told you that by indulging in one of those burgers, you are aiding in part to the hiring and also in some form, the exploitation/slaving of undocumented immigrant workers as well. Furthermore, ...view middle of the document...

Agricultural of course, since most restaurants, not only fast food ones, require the essential vegetables such as lettuce, potatoes, tomatoes and of course the meat. How did this happen? When did we start relying on foreign workers to handle these jobs traditionally handled by American farmers, American cattle ranchers and American meat butchers. Why do people complaint so much about illegal immigration when all of us in some way are in part responsible for it? How did we let it get this bad? And is it really worth the price? Unfortunately the devil is in the details.
In his book “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser, we learn that in the 1980’s order to satisfy the demand for cheap burgers, and to keep their products uniform, giants like McDonalds aided in the creation/consolidation of large national packing plants such as ‘Tyson, Cargill, Swift & Co, and the National Beef Packing Company” (Schlosser FFN pg. 157) . These companies in their quest to maximize profits and speed production, applied some same techniques the “McDonald brothers” introduced to fast food restaurants back in the 1960’s The “Speedy Service System” (Schlosser FFN pg. 41) as it was called, consisted of non-skilled workers performing one single job repeatedly throughout an entire work day with no other skills required. Unlike today, meatpacking workers were respected employees back in the 1950's and 60's. Meat butchers were highly trained well remunerated, based on the hard job they had to perform. In 1960 "Jobs at the Monfort Slaughterhouse were among the highest paying in Greeley, and there was a long waiting list of people seeking work at the plant. Greeley became a company town, dominated by the Monfort family and ruled with a compassionate paternalism" (Schlosser FFN pg. 151). This was a golden era for the meatpacking industry, and era when employers treated their workers with dignity and employees were proud of the work they performed knowing the appreciation they received was sincere.
This era unfortunately came to an end at the hands of a new industry, one that re-shaped the entire food industry, and one that caused the demise of an American staple such as meat butchers, meat packing workers, cattle ranchers, etc. The idea of having non-unionized, non-experts, minimum wage, immigrant workers that could barely speak English meat processing workers instead of traditionally well paid and highly skilled “meat butchers”, proved too much to resist for these companies. Schlosser tells us that “Today, roughly two-thirds of the workers at the beef plant in Greeley cannot speak English. Most of them are Mexican immigrants who live in places like the River Park Mobile Court, a collection of battered old trailers a quarter-mile down the road the slaughterhouse” (Schlosser FFN pg. 160). To better contrast and compare the current conditions, we could take a look at wages; Schlosser writes “The basic pay at the slaughterhouse is now $9.25 an hour. Adjusted for inflation,...

Find Another Essay On 99 Cent Cheeseburgers and the hidden immigration costs associated with it

Medical Technology and the Controversies Associated With Prolongation of Life

3168 words - 13 pages for several decades. During a CABG, a heart-lung machine artificially maintains circulation while the surgeon operates on the heart. CABG requires general anesthesia, a mid-sternotomy, many hours of surgery and typically 4 to 7days in the hospital. It may take up to 3 months to recover fully from CABG.Thanks to the development of less invasive procedures such as angioplasty with stent and minimally invasive CABG, only 10% of patients with coronary

Causes, Symptoms and Difficulties Associated with Dyslexia

1001 words - 5 pages genes play a role in the condition because the disability runs in the families. Additional causes suggested for dyslexia are brain damage and inherited neurological abnormalities which are not associated with brain damage. However, the most common causes of dyslexia are believed to be brain injuries, stoke or other types of injury. A brain injury doesn’t necessarily refer to an accident, it can also be a result of lack of oxygen during


2150 words - 9 pages both in the physical, and in the mystical sense and its preservation guarantee's health, longevity, and supernatural powers was infested in mind of patients with Dhat syndrome. The preservation of semen was seen, in a classical Ayurvedic medical tradition of India, as necessary for good health and longevity, and indeed sexual prowess.26 Secondly, documented Dhat patient's perception regarding the composition of seminal fluid, most assert it to

The Factors Associated With Adolescent Depression

1974 words - 8 pages The Factor Associated with Adolescent Depression By Crystal Zymantas Depression in youth is viewed as a significant problem that affects approximately 30% of the adolescent population (Lewinsohn, Hops, Roberts, Seeley, & Andrew) in the journal done by (McWhirter, McWhirter, & Gat 1996). It has been noted that nearly 17 million Canadians suffer from feelings of depression and twice as many women are affected (Fairbanks Psychiatric &amp

Complexities Associated with the Parkinson’s Disease

712 words - 3 pages agents including the insecticides, organochlorines, exposure to heavy metals etc. However, no health industry research exists supporting the environmental factors to be the reason behind its cause. Genetic factors: It is always been considered a non-genetic disorder. Around 15% of patients have first-degree relative with the disease 5% have the disease for the mutation of specific gene. Mutations can cause Parkinson’s, and the mutated genes

The Risks Associated with Computer Dependency

1314 words - 6 pages Computers have found their way into nearly every part of our lives. They are intended to make our lives easier and they usually fulfill that purpose very well. They enable us to work from home, stay connected with loved ones who live too far to visit, and they provide us with a constant source of entertainment whenever and wherever we want. The earliest computers were built fifty years ago and it is only in last thirty or so years that their

The Health Risks Associated with Electromagnetic Frequencies

1749 words - 7 pages that supports the idea that they cause health problems. Electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) interfere with the body’s electromagnetic system and cause unusual effects. In order to understand how EMFs have the potential to cause negative health effects you must understand what they are. EMFs are measured by the length of their waves, the distance from the top of one crest to the top of the next (NASA). All in all, it is important to know that


2179 words - 9 pages also be taken with a grain of salt. Xenotransplantation has fuelled great scientific debate over the potential risks and benefits involved with introducing this new biotechnology into clinical practice. Although xenobiotechnology has the capacity to ensure tremendous medical benefits, it also carries with it an array of ethical and other issues. Monitoring and controlling clinical trials, animal welfare, as well as the cost associated with the

The inner desires this is an essay about about emotions and sensations associated with drama

2702 words - 11 pages ; truth and prophecy. The Greeks were notorious for their thirst for beauty, festivals, entertainment and new cults. Implicit within these aspects of their culture was a form of emotion. But what is emotion? Wikipedia defines:'an emotion [as] a mental and physiological state associated with a wide variety of feelings, thoughts, and behaviours. It is a prime determinant of the sense of subjective well-being and appears to play a central role in many

Socialism and Ideas Associated with the Movement in Relation to those of Romanticism

1728 words - 7 pages Socialism and Ideas Associated with the Movement in Relation to those of Romanticism Although diverging in opinion on many topics and in many areas, Romanticism was as much an idea as it was a building block for Socialism. Romanticism developed after the French Revolution of 1789, and was influencial to Socialist icon Karl Marx’ ‘Communist Manifesto’. This was the leading piece of literature for the socialist/communist

The History, Function, and Resistance Associated with Vancomycin, a Glycopeptide Antibiotic

2385 words - 10 pages . Glycopeptides are a class of antibiotics which are composed of glycolsylated cyclic or polycyclic nonribosomal peptides that inhibit cell wall synthesis in susceptible bacteria (2). However, it was soon discovered that the use of these antibiotic drugs would lead to antibiotic resistance. This paper will discuss the history, function, and resistance associated with vancomycin, a glycopeptide antibiotic. History Vancomycin, which is a specific antibiotic

Similar Essays

Comparison Of Hidden Health Risks Associated With Incinerators And Landfills

6706 words - 27 pages Health Risks PAGE 23 Running Head: COMPARISON OF HIDDEN HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH INCINERATORS AND LANDFILLSCOMPARISON OF HIDDEN HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH INCINERATORS AND LANDFILLS[The Writer's Name][The Name of the Institution]Comparison Of Hidden Health Risks Associated With Incinerators And LandfillsChapter # 4Since the dawn of time, we, persons have forever been depending in a number of way or the other on the Earth's capital and

The Theories And Techniques Associated With Surrealism

1325 words - 5 pages The theories and techniques associated with Surrealism The theories and techniques associated with Surrealism The word surrealism was invented on year 1917 by a French writer Guillaume Apollinaire. He first used this word to describe ballets and plays. Although the surrealist movement have not yet begun it is already the start. Surrealism is a movement that wanted to break free from everyday expectations, routines and

Prepuce Three Of The Diseases That Are Associated With It

755 words - 3 pages Prepuce is a fold of skin that covers the head of the penis. The three diseases that I found associated with the prepuce are, Balanitis, Phimosis, and Penile Cancer.Balanitis is an inflammation of the skin covering the head of the penis. A similar condition, balanoposthisis, refers to inflammation of the head of the penis and the foreskin. Symptoms of balanitis include redness or swelling, itching, rash, pain, and foulsmelling discharge

The Risks Associated With Alcohol Use And Alcoholism

3843 words - 15 pages only affects the public’s safety however it influences how the individual interacts with others, their ability to perform on the job, and has considerable health related risk. These behaviors and attitudes fuel the drive to treat alcoholics; in hopes that their behavior will go into remission since once an alcoholic always an alcoholic. Western society is quick to judge a person’s drinking level; an individual must drink but must not consume too