In 1906 Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle, and notified the American public about the true horrors within the meatpacking industry. Almost a century later, Eric Schlosser writes a very similar piece meant to shock and notify the American Public called Fast Food Nation- The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. The greatest element these two pieces have in common is that the cause for these horrific sanitary situations, hazardous employee norms, and foodborne illness outbreaks is all due to monetary greed of these large industries. Concluded from The Jungle, and Fast Food Nation, money is the root of all evil. Greed killed thousands of naive Americans including hundreds of children. Due to the monetary values our society places on the …show more content…
Sinclair’s satire is seen here when he jokes that, “Perhaps they had a secret process for making chickens chemically--who knows?” Many years later, Eric Schlosser wrote about similar situations. Being more case specific to each injured worker, he painfully tells their story.
Schlosser goes on to denote the story of Kenny Dobbins, an employee of Monfort for almost sixteen years. Kenny was unable to complete school and read, so he wound up working at a meatpacking company called Monfort. Kenny was first placed to work in the shipping department. This required Kenny to lift packages as heavy as one hundred and twenty pounds. Kenny was a strong man, and thought he could handle the tough work that his job required. During an accident at work, Kenny was thrown onto the metal teeth of a conveyer belt. Kenny sought medical treatment first through the company’s doctor, who told him he had only pulled a muscle. When the pain got unbearable, Kenny sought treatment elsewhere, and was told he had a pair of severely herniated disks and would need back surgery. Kenny’s operation was not successful, and after financial strains from the medical bills, Kenny’s wife left him. When he went back to work, he was praised by the local newspaper for not giving up work. He felt loyal to Monfort as he could not get a job elsewhere
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The All-American meal takes more out of Americans to make then at first glance. Eric Schlosser’s book Fast Food Nation delves deep into the intricate workings of the fast food industry to expose mistreatment and cruelty towards workers in the business, just as Upton Sinclair had done in the early 1900’s regarding the meat packing industry. Schlosser is able to bring light to the darkness behind the All-American meal through extensive research and personal confrontations of which he has high regards for.
Before Henry Ford adapted the automobile production, they had developed an assembly line. It worked more like a disassembly line because there were 80 separate jobs in one line in the whole process of getting the meat ready. The immigrants did the most dangerous jobs, they worked in cold weather in the winter and the hot dark room in the summer (Willie).”
They say if you don’t like heights but enjoy the thrill, don’t look down. This is the same mentality that director Robert Kenner tries to prevent in his film Food Inc., where he sheds light on the corporations that control the way our food is being grown, processed and sold to the American people. With the help of Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, and Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore 's Dilemma, Robert takes a shot at all corners of the food industry from meat packaging, to corn reprocessing, even Monsanto’s seed copyrights. While Kenner’s goals for change certainly lead to a better America, they tend to lean on the side of unrealistic.
Fast food industry not only causes illness for people but also create problems to American agriculture since “The fast food chains now stand atop a huge food-industrial complex that has gained control of American agriculture.” (Schlosser). The fast foods companies need to purchase a vast of the agriculture products such as potatoes or cattle, and so they create corporate farms to provide products to their demands. Famer and cattle ranchers are being replaced by giant agribusiness companies which take over their lands. The independent famers are vanishing, and the gap between a small amount of wealthy elites and the large numbers of the working poor is getting bigger. When the fast foods companies control a vast of agriculture products, they also control prices of those products, which has driven down the prices and benefits that are offered to American farmers. According to Eric Scholosser, Nation Magazine Award winner, “In 1980, about thirty-seven cents of every consumer dollar spent on food went to the farmer. Today, only twenty-three cents goes to the farmer -
Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal is a nonfiction book that seeks to educate the masses on the truth behind the fast-food industry. Schlosser uses a number of rhetorical devices, such as anaphora, to argue that fast-food companies and the government have stronger incentive toward economic gain than they do morality. Anaphora is often used to emphasize certain words or phrases to strengthen the author’s point of view. In his epilogue, Schlosser alludes to the corporate leaders of the industry stating that “they will sell free-range…. They will sell whatever” (Schlosser 269). This anaphora is used to show that even in the modern day, the businessmen
Through the course of reading Fast Food Nation my opinions were swayed; when the gross, the bad and the ugly were revealed. Schlosser gives the disturbing details about the food companies greed, power and villenes. Schlosser uses rhetorical tenet to make his argument powerful. He opens the reader's eyes as to how corrupt the meat industry actually is. America has truly become
In 1906, American Writer, Upton Sinclair wrote the novel The Jungle to portray the harsh working conditions for immigrants working in the United states. The original purpose of the book was to describe the American meatpacking industry and the working conditions associated with it to promote socialism. Author Upton Sinclair Commented, after the books release “I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach." Ironically enough the book promoted concern for the health violations and unsanitary working conditions in the early twentieth century. The book the Jungle contributed to the Meat Inspection Act and reform.
In the Labor Union, many workers advocated for improvements of working conditions. In an excerpt by Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” describes the disgustingness of meatpacking industry and the horrendous conditions the workers had to be in. Workers had to work at least 16 hours of labor a day under dreadful working conditions, while being paid low wages. On top of that, many workers would lose limbs while working; workers would lose their lives at work. The majority of the workers would be children, due to children not asking for high wages and they are able to get into the machines to work or fix them.
Many feel that the fast food industry is providing a valuable service by catering to consumer needs; that it is inexpensive and easily accessible. For people who don't have time to prepare meals, for households in which both parents work, there's no question it provides a service. But what is the true cost of this convenience? In the book, Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser reveals that the cost is the lives of the people who work in the meat processing plants. Meat packing is now the most dangerous job in the United States.
This is exactly what the truth seeking author, Eric Schlosser, examines when viewing America’s growing fast food problem regarding the quality, conditions, and health of our citizens. His book published in 2001, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, discusses and provides evidence of our ongoing dilemma occurring in the United States today. Schlosser argues that the fast food chains and the slaughterhouses/meatpacking industries are run by consumerism and commercialism, two ideals and have become intrinsic to the American identity. Our society is so caught up in the fast food crave that we forget to question
In today’s society a huge issue is that we constantly hear about the food industry in America. We often hear in the news that obesity rates have increased, or that Americans have many diseases that contribute to being obsessed. We also hear that foods are contaminated with bacteria like E.Coi l. “What You Eat is Your Business” by Radley Balko expresses that people are at fault for making such unhealthy food choices. Others argue that the food industry is to blame for being so unhealthy. In the film Food Inc (2008) American journalist, Eric Schlosser states, “There is a deliberate veil, that’s dropped between us and where our food is coming from. The essence of this argument is that companies do not want us to know how our food is really
He met some of the employees of this big food industry who'd been injured. "We are human beings, more than one person told me, but they treat us like animals" (Schlosser 669). Employers take advantage of their labors because whether they are illegal or have a low educational level; they are willing to work long shifts and getting paid a low salary because they need the money to survive. Skilled workers are getting replaced by low-wage labors; consequently the number of injured workers has increased enormously. Many of the workers who've been injured are not even aware of the compensation they could receive so they have to deal with the injury, having to provide for the family, paying medical bills and trying to find a source of income to survive. Kenny worked for a slaughterhouse for many years, he felt strongly loyal to the company which regardless his educational level and reduced skills still given him a job. Although Kenny was a victim of abuse he dedicated his whole life and effort to the company.”They used me to the point I had no parts left to give" (Schlosser 672) said Kenny after he have retired for a really serious injury. As Kenny, hundreds of workers across America have turned into slaves of work and have lost their freedom of time but on top of that they clearly hate what their job as many other people in society do.
Often considered the pinnacle of American cuisine, fast-food’s cheap, convenient, tasty, and easy access has been a staple of the American culture and diet for decades. From the giant golden arches of McDonald’s, to the “Eat More Chikin” endorsing cows of Chick-Fil-A, the fast-food industry in America has exponentially and financially grown to be a massive, business empire. According to Spector’s “Freedom from Fries”, McDonald’s alone is responsible for feeding more than a million Americans a day and making fifty billion hamburgers a year. Like precious, precious oxygen, most Americans depend on fast-food to live and, in extreme cases, have become obsessed and addicted to it. In fact, the fast-food industry is frequently blamed and periodically sued for contributing to the obesity epidemic in America. Settlements and court cases such as Pelmann v. McDonald’s, in which the restaurant was sued for misleading nutritional information, highlight the medical problems of many outside eaters and has resulted in several fast-food empires to drastically change their menus by adding healthier alternatives (Mattis). Apple-like slices and milk product cartons have substituted french fries and sodas on occasion, but has not replaced them. Despite the threats and curses for contributing to the obesity outbreak, the fast-food industry continues to thrive and be financially successful. As a business, it has utilized and taken advantage of both the non-health conscious and health-conscious
Throughout the 20th century, the United States grew to be a superpower. They won two world wars, overcame racial persecution, and spread capitalism around the world. Paralleling this success, fast food expanded exponentially and grew to control our nation. Today, the United States develops and evolves at the will of the fast food industry as it has grown to dominate the most powerful country on earth. From practically hiring children to caring about profit margins more than their consumers, fast food has taken advantage of the American population. Beginning in 1921, through the explosion after World War II, and into the modern age, fast food has developed into a multibillion dollar industry that the lives of millions of Americans across the country.
Everywhere you look, on every major corner, what do you see? Fast food. Americans cannot escape fast food restaurants; the smell, the neon signs, the convenience, it haunts over everyone. In “Fast Food Nation” Eric Schlosser states, “Fast food is not so commonplace that it has acquired an air of inevitability, as though it were somehow unavoidable, a fact of modern life” (7). The appeal of fast food is evident, busy week night dinners, short lunch breaks, the list is endless; but the disadvantages go far past just that of health. Have you ever thought about the person taking or order or cleaning the tables? In today’s society, youth and underprivileged people are often preyed upon more than others; fast food agencies take advantage of