The novel Fast Food Nation and the movie Food Inc. both reflect the reality of the food industry. Mortals consume food everyday but no one really knows what happens behind the production of meat or more revolting, what is inside the food itself. These two sources enlighten consumers’ minds towards the dark side of food production. In some ways, humans, animals, and the environment are affected negatively by the evolution of the food industry. Chemicals are start being used in productions and money seems to be running the law instead of human sense. Some of the points in both mediums are quite the same and some are additional to the others. However, there are a lot of relating particulars and facts in both mediums such as the method of expressing …show more content…
The novel illustrates the meatpacking industry as a killing machine because knifes and dangerous machinery are very exposed and workers are easily injured. A worker named Kenny Dobbins was one of the victims of the inhumane meatpacking industry system. He lost his body parts during work and was thrown away by the company just like trash. Meanwhile, the movie depicts inhumanity of the government and industry towards consumers and also animals. The government and the industry are both keeping their eyes closed towards the tragedy that happened to a kid named Kevin. Because of food contamination, he died 12 days after consuming 3 hamburgers. His family deliberately goes in and out of the court and meets politicians to seek for justice for consumers. Unfortunately, nothing is done by the law enforcers, and the industry itself, because they themselves earn profit from it. The mother of the child claims, “the industry is more protected than my son.” At the same time, chickens are genetically modified to meet consumers’ preferences. They are injected with chemicals causing them to grow larger than normal in less than the time needed, thus, causing them unable to walk. The poor chickens are supposed to live the “chicken life”, bred in an open space instead of a cramped coop. It also disgusts me knowing that, to produce more, to feed more, to earn more, a company willingly sacrifices lives. Somehow, the system …show more content…
The novel just explains the effects of fast food while the movie explains deeply the reason why consumers buy fast food. In the novel, Eric Schlosser states that fast food is among the reason kids nowadays are suffering obesity. Different from the movie, it interviews a family who had been eating on fast food for a long time. The reason why they are prone to buy fast food is because it costs less than nutritional food like vegetables and fruits. Because the prices are a huge different, those of low income tend to buy the cheaper, non-nutritional food. Therefore, the movie claims that income is the main reason of obesity. Both mediums opens reader’s minds of how harmful fast foods can be. Personally, I think it is frustrating to know that no action has been taken by any party to stabilize the price of foods. The government is supposed to encourage the citizens to eat healthy food; and to do that is by helping stabilize the
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However, after the novel’s release, the government was forced to create a system to ensure the food being produced was safe and made in an ethical fashion. First was the Pure Food and Drug Act, which ensured that food and drugs being made were clean and free from pathogenic agents. Today, agencies like the FDA and USDA are in charge of ensuring that food is safe, factories are safe, and that the food is healthy and clean enough for eating. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) now monitor beef, and other animals, living, shipping, and slaughtering conditions. They also monitor factories to ensure that damaged or diseased animals are not put into products.
“‘If they’ve got a pulse… we’ll take an application’” (Schlosser 162). Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the American Meal by Eric Schlosser and The Jungle by Upton Sinclair convey corporations treating the public inhumanely. The books discuss how the companies will fix their prices, the lengths they will go to avoid unionization within their establishments, highlight how their employees are struggling to survive on their low wages, and provide a look into the risks of working for these corporations.
“Don’t Blame the Eater”, written by David Zinczenko, is a short article discussing how fast food is the main cause of childhood obesity. This article came about in relations to two kids filing a lawsuit against McDonalds for making them fat. He begins his piece by sympathizing with these individuals because he used to be like them. Zinczenko then informs the reader of his background and how he fell into the category of being dependent upon quick and easy meals. In an attempt to provide a valid argument, he debates on how kids raise themselves while their parents are at work and that the nutritional values are not labeled upon prepared foods.
In the novel were references to rats and workers falling into tubs of meats, which inspired disgust and helped to bring the Meat Inspection of 1906 to life. Since then the public has come to assume that meat is inspected according to government standards to protect consumers, but much evidence indicates that throughout the time bribery of government meat inspectors and deception has resulted in the imposing of much unhealthy meat on the American public. In the end of the 20th century, reports of unclean conditions in meatpacking plants, marketing of unsafe mat, and paid-off inspectors were still imminent, and millions of Americans were suffering from food poisoning as a result of such
Zinczenko strategically uses emotional pathos through his example of obesity in children. Children are innocent in tone, therefore helping him explain that they are innocent in spite of the manipulation of the fast food industry. The author presents the issue of the lack of nutrition information in fast food. He’s not dissing the fast food industry; rather, he is stating the problem at hand that should be taken care of. He sympathizes with the fact that he too was once a kid whose two daily meals were from typical fast food restaurants.
Schlosser provides a good argument with personal anecdotes and statistics that serve as solid support for his argument. However, his political bias against large corporations has overshadowed the benefits that these fast food industries actually give. In his book Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser fails to convince the readers of the perils of the fast food industry by disregarding the pros of the industry and manipulating the reader's emotions. First,
People of America were utterly disgusted by the uncleanliness of the production of the food they ate. “I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach” (“Muckrakers” 121). America felt betrayed and were confused by the lack of empathy or care given by major meatpacking companies. Public outcry over the contamination of their food was not fully supported by the person that incited it because he intended for the attention to go towards the terrible conditions that the workers in production industries go through. Their customers sought to seek regulation of the meatpacking industry due to the contamination of their food.
This imagery is very effective and does have an impact on the audience because it shows how we’ve let the fast food industry to become a way of life by making it into a life routine. Therefore, would make those that eat fast food to try and reschedule their daily routines. In summarization, Schlosser use of appeal and rhetorical devices makes his argument rock solid and not debatable. He forces the audience to agree or disagree with his statements, but he makes it extremely difficult to disagree by providing many details and valid
Food, Inc. leaks a certain mystery behind, which contains the true secrets about the journey food takes. Food, Inc., a documentary that demonstrates the current and growth method of food production since the 1950’s, is designed to inform Americans about a side of the food industry. Food Inc. also used persuasion to demonstrates some components of pathos, logos, and ethos while uncovering the mysterious side of the food industry in America. Robert Kenner, the director of Food, Inc., made this film for a purpose. Uncovering the hidden facts and secrets behind the food industry in America.
She also talks about here frustration with trying to get Kevin’s Law passed to give the USDA the power to shut down plants that continuously produce contaminated meat. Listening to the testimonies given by victims of the food industry can cause the audience to emphasize with the victims and realize that this can happen to their own families. It also raises the
Christopher Leonard wrote a book called: The Meat Racket. In this book he explains what is really happening inside the Poultry Industrys that surround us. This book was supposed to help the people on the outside, have a better understanding of how there meat is being produced. But it seems that instead of explaining what is happening inside these industry's, he was more concerned with the machinery that delivered the chicken. Before beginning this essay, I read two articles that helped me understand this book, and the lack of information that was found inside.
On January 17, 2001 Eric Schlosser, a contributing editor at the Atlantic Monthly and author of Reefer Madness, depicts “The Dark side of the All-American Meal” in his novel Fast Food Nation, one of TIME’s 100 best nonfiction books. In the novel, Schlosser employs many different rhetorical strategies throughout the chapters to inform and convince his audience of the scandalous nature of the fast food industry. Schlosser describes the unseen truths of industry in order to dissuade not only the American public, but all supporters of fast food. He writes to all members of society who eat fast food, so that he can alert them of what is happening beneath the surface of one of America’s most profitable and private industry’s. Chapter five is divided
Chickens are commonly regarded as the world’s most abused animal. Due to widespread consumption, around 8.6 billion chickens are slaughtered annually, which translates to roughly 300 chickens per second (Runkle, 2017, p.17). Factory farming is the method in which chickens are slaughtered for mass processing. For decades, chicken has been the protein of choice for many families, due to clever advertising. For example, in a 1929 presidential campaign, the Republican candidate promised “‘a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage’”
yes so I ask them, is that burger real such as real beef’ they say yes so I have to explain to them that you’re not eating real beef you’re eating a burger that has a lot of chemicals in it. They look at me crazy but they get mad because when they start to get sick and gain weight, it’s because of the fast food they`re eating. “Our government ought to be working to foster a sense of responsibility, in and ownership of our own health”. Balko (What you eat is your business, 2004). We should take responsibility of what we eat not put it on the government they don’t make us eat fast food we do.
Anyone can walk down the street and see a fast food place almost anywhere they go. Humans have a tendency to be lazy. It 's much easier to go down the street and pick up a hamburger than to make a low-calorie meal at home. It 's less complex to the consumer. According to a Heidi Godman, executive editor of Harvard 's Health Letter "teenagers and kids consumed far more calories in fast-food and other restaurants than they did at home.