Fast Food Nation

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Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
Tutorial: “What’s in the meat” – Meat and potatoes
Overview: A look into how the meat is prepared. What is in the meat that we don’t know about but still consume. How consumers love it because it’s cheap, quick and easy. Processing of meat, errors associated with the process of beef and chicken.
Image Analysis: An effective image employs specific techniques to relay its purpose. This image of 6 year old Alex Donley uses the following techniques to influence the reader or viewers perception of the chapter. Framing, layout, colour, symbols and focus are all crucial aspects of the image.
The image is a mid shot of the child’s face, resembling an individual school photo. His expression is relaxed,
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More than two thirds of those hamburgers were bought at fast food restaurants. And children between the ages of seven and thirteen ate more hamburgers than anyone else.” p.198.
A bug that kills children
• E. Coli is both a necessary bacteria in the human digestive tract and a very harmful toxin
• The effects of the E. coli toxin are can be mild diahorrea, abdominal cramps, vomiting and low grade fever.
• E. coli bacteria affects children and the elderly along with people with weak immune systems.
• “I would have done anything to save my son’s life, I would have run in front of a bus to save Alex.” p. 200.
All we care to pay
• Because fast food is so cheap and accessible, the risks associated with it’s consumption are far from our minds because of the minimal cost.
• “The use of chemicals such as borax and glycerine to disguise the smell of spoiled beef...” p. 204.
A matter of will
• The only way this issue can be resolved is if the fast food companies are willing to take the initiative to minimise the spread of disease.
• Every...manager attend a food safety course, that every refrigerated delivery truck have a record keeping thermometer mounted inside it...” p. 208. A lack of recall
• By the time food is recalled, it is too late as most of it has already been consumed and the recalls are voluntary.
• “the company made no effort to warn the public or to recall the frozen patties...”
Our friend the atom
• The sub chapter

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