Fast Food Nation: The Food Industry

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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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