Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
Having just watched The Future of Food while reading this book, they each brought a deeper impact to each other's stories.
This was a book for my Reading Dangerously challenge, chosen because I thought it would be a difficult read and an extremely scary one about our diets and what it's doing to us.
I'm not an American, but while Schlosser's book is mostly directed to Americans and about the American way of life, I think concerns about fast food should apply to everyone regardless of where you're from.
Let's face it, fast food has invaded almost every country in the world now, and the effects of welcoming fast food into our diets and our world have much more significant impact than we recognize.
Initially, I thought Schlosser's book was about health and nutrition, and how fast food diets are negatively effecting our health, but the things he covers in this book is much more terrifying than I imagined.
The greed, the indifference, the ignorance, the reaction of some people involved in the fast food industry, is just unbelievable.
Schlosser talks about how the fast food way of life started, and how terrible some employees at fast food restaurants are being treated, and then about the horrible conditions at slaughterhouses, the danger the employees there constantly face, the unsanitary handling of the meat that we will eventually eat, and the many people who have been killed and injured while working at these places, and the many other people who have died because of bacteria in our meat.
It is terrifying, it is sobering, and we really should do something about it. It's our lives, after all.
I think everyone who eats need to read this book. I believe that we should educate ourselves, especially when it comes to our food and our health. Schlosser's done a great job in his research and in bringing this information to the public's attention. Now it's up to us to educate ourselves and decide what we want to happen next.