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We Are What We Eat Essay

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Oluyemi T. Salako
Instructor: Rhonda Schlatter        
ENG 102 Sections: 31014
October 1st, 2012
We Are What We Eat
            If we are what we eat, then we are not well. Fast food is destroying us: individuals, communities, work and family, and indeed, our very connections with the world. Fast food is a significant part of contemporary culture and economy: in 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food; in 2000, more than $110 billion [3]. Americans drink soda at the annual rate of 56 gallons, nearly 12-ounce cans-per capita. MacDonald’s employs about 1 million people in the US, more than any other organization, public or private. MacDonald’s earn the majority of its income not from food sales, but from rental income from its vast property holdings. The golden arches that signify the firm are arguably the best- recognized symbol across the world, rivaling with even the Christian cross [39].
          Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation chronicles, with vignettes, statistics, and engaging journalistic prose, the rise of fast food restaurants as they applied industrial practice of mass production, specialization, and mass marketing. To turn kids into faithful, long-term consumers, fast food forged alliances with toy companies, sport leagues, Hollywood, and our nation’s school district. Exclusive contracts chains such as Burger King and Pizza Hut have added been to school’s budgets; although as the book documents, the costs of corporate presence in our schools are by no means small. Fast food’s employment of teenagers has accompanied the de-skilling of work, low wages without benefits, and elimination of employee training, union-busting, and the frequent violation of child labor laws. The book also takes up the industry’s little-known practices that keep us hooked: chemicals that are added to flavor the burgers, fries, and milk shakes, to add to their attractiveness, and the practice of frying potatoes in fat that is 7% soy oil and 93% beef tallow...

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