Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation: Undermining American Values

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Andrew F. Smith once said, “Eating at fast food outlets and other restaurants is simply a manifestation of the commodification of time coupled with the relatively low value many Americans have placed on the food they eat”. In the non-fiction book, “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser, the author had first-hand experiences on the aspects of fast food and conveyed that it has changed agriculture that we today did not have noticed. We eat fast food everyday and it has become an addiction that regards many non-beneficial factors to our health. Imagine the wealthy plains of grass and a farm that raises barn animals and made contributions to our daily consumptions. Have you ever wonder what the meatpacking companies and slaughterhouses had done to the meat that you eat everyday? Do you really believe that the magnificent aroma of your patties and hamburgers are actually from the burger? Wake up! The natural products that derive from farms are being tampered by the greed of America and their tactics are deceiving our perspectives on today’s agricultural industries. The growth of fast food has changed the face of farming and ranching, slaughterhouses and meatpacking, nutrition and health, and even food tastes gradually as time elapsed.
Fast food has changed farming, ranching, and meatpacking to an extent where it is nearly impossible to recover due to the amount of meat that is being consumed in the United States and the amount of meat that are required to prepare those products in America and other foreign countries. The author of Fast Food Nation stated, “Ranchers currently face a host of economic problems: rising land prices, stagnant beef prices, oversupplies of cattle, increased shipments of live cattle from Canada and Mexico, development pressures, inheritance taxes, health scares about beef” (Schlosser 136). When the quantity of meat increases and the amount that are being sold to customers go up, the price of land, cattle and other factors that contribute to the farmer’s paranormal mentalities dramatically increases. During this cataclysmic event on farmers, the death rate of suicidal farmers have gone far above that surpasses the death rate of war veterans and shell shock disorders. Eric also described, “On top of all that, the growth of the fast food chains has encouraged consolidation in the meatpacking industries” (Schlosser 136). The tactics of the typical American fast food corporations are unfair to the farmers and ranchers, which causes sufferings on the marketing of cattle and the depletion of meat prices. As long as customers continue to buy the fast food products, meatpacking companies would continue to buy as many cattle as they want by the price that have been minimized to the least from the farmers and ranchers. Farming, ranching, and meatpacking are influenced by fast food, but nutrition and health of customers are impacted as well
Fast food products are addicting and does taste good, but a majority of the...

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