In the book Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser discusses the harsh truth that comes with the fast food industry. Schlosser covers much about the start of the fast food industry and how these companies have managed to change cultures all around the world. Over the last three decades, fast food has infiltrated every nook and cranny of American society. (pg 3). This is a minimal amount of time, when you think about it, for something this large to happen and influence so much.
The Wretched Lives of Workers America during the early 20th Century was a time full of selfish capitalists and the poverty-stricken workers who paid for their success. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, captures this perfectly with the portrayal of Jurgis Rudkus. Jurgis is a newly immigrated person to the United States with his family when they realize they need jobs and a place to live. Throughout the book, Jurgis finds new jobs such as in meat factories and fertilizer plants but loses them as well.
By the time The Jungle was published at the turn of the century, the massive flow of poorer European immigrants into the United States over the previous half-century had changed the demographics of American cities. Many of these immigrants lived in overcrowded, run-down tenement buildings with no access to clean water or proper sewage systems (source). Having come to
Throughout Eric Schlosser’s nonfiction book Fast Food Nation, Schlosser criticizes and reveals to the world how the fast food industry has made drastic alterations to America. In addition, he managed to motivate society to start having a healthy life. Before Schlosser draws to a close on his book, he gives his readers hope towards other “fast” food business who succeeded by serving the quality of their food and caring enough about the health of their customers. In Schlosser’s epilogue, he opens up by considering that not all food industries are the same as the previous companies mentioned throughout the book. He explains that Dale Lasater, owner of the ranch Lasater, in Matheson, Colorado, is indeed different from other food productions because he does not use chemicals to enhance the growth of his cattle, instead he lets nature be in charge.
The result of destroying local grain resources has shown a marked increase in food prices to levels characterized as hyperinflation. Humanitarian agencies believe they could have prevented the famine if they were allowed unfettered access to civilian populations, however political decisions from government and rebel leaders have denied their entry. A former resident of South Sudan observed this stalemate as he fled the country. The father of four expressed his frustration with the lack of humanitarian assistance, resorting to his prayers “if the government doesn’t approve of people coming in to help.” The conflict for South Sudan’s independence from Sudan ended in 2011, after a referendum approved of a separate South Sudanese state.
The early 20th century was a great time for America. Industrialization was booming as more and more factories were coming up in the most populous cities. Stockyard jobs were created in exponential numbers, employing many young people as well as immigrants. Hiring these naive individuals allowed for the hierarchical manipulation of these people. Capitalism was a large problem, feeding the bosses large suppers as the workers starved.
Fast food is quickly becoming America 's cigarette, causing more death related diseases than a packet of smokes. Take a look at the food you’re eating and what does it do to your body. ' “Parents are working more than ever before, and unable to monitor what kids are eating at home, schools are selling astronomical amounts of junk food in order to supplement shrinking budgets. It 's a ticking time bomb, and America 's children are exploding”. Food business has been one of the successful economic fields in United States.
When people think of the 1970’s, hippies, culture movements, Richard Nixon, and the Vietnam War always seems to come to mind. People today only focus on the major events that are always in the news, they will get bored otherwise. Americans gradually became invested in situations occurring around the world instead of their own country, especially during 1974. Inflation drastically increased across major countries as a result of the increase of the cost of fuel, manufacturing, and food. The aftermath left the world in a chaotic mess.
The reading this week is by Mike Davis, and is titled Planet of Slums. Mike Davis creates an argument on how slums are a worldly issue that is spreading. Davis first begins his argument with statistics based on the monumental increase of population in all countries across the globe. He also uses examples of the increase of hypercities and megacities due to intensified urbanization in Mexico-city, Seoul-Injon, and New York. Which leads into the effects on the citizens, such as China and India, and the lack of proper housing and accommodations with such a rapidly growing population.
In the early 1900s, food safety was an incredibly unfamiliar and overlooked part of America’s food industry. Written by muckraker Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, was a controversial novel that depicted the harsh living and working conditions of immigrants working in the food industry. After the release of The Jungle, thousands of meat-eating Americans were horrified at what had been happening in factories. Disgusting yet accurate details presented in The Jungle were the basis for the creation of laws to stop food production from becoming so unsanitary.
Farmers were enticed by high prices persuaded farmers to grow a single “cash” crop. Profits were then used to buy food and manufactured goods. In the 1880s, bankruptcy fell into the nation and caused low prices and a deflated currency. As a result, there was not enough dollars to go around and caused debt. Farmers were forced to by expensive machinery to increased crop production, which were sold at low prices and caused even more debt..
In the text it says “...the ensuing recession brought layoffs and plummeting agricultural prices.” This thriving era actually started with an economic cry because the transition from war to peacetime was tough on labor unions, that had grown solid during the war, fought to continue the strikes of 1919 like the one of all of the American steel industry. These strikes affected many consumers and workers, but the employers held strong against the workers’ demands. After this, the all the strikes collapsed because of the abundant threat of violence. In the book when it says “...Want and buy the great cornucopia of things that were suddenly available as a result of the mass production and the growing efficiency of industry.”
A decrease of working farmers forced government subsidization, which then caused a big blow to the Roman economy. The last reason for the ruination of the economic side of the Empire was the costs of military funding and the effects of trading. The spread of pacifistic beliefs throughout the Empire led to a decrease in the amount of willing legionnaires, pressuring the government to allow barbarian tribes to work for their military. As the two sides of the Empire drifted apart, they started to fight over valuable resources and made enemies with each other. The failing economy of the Roman Empire eventually grew to be the most significant cause of its monumental disintegration.
In his November 30, 2015 article on National Public Radio, David Ropeik describes a growing trend among Washington politicians to exploit issues just to get elected. Often times the issues that are in the front seat of the campaign bus get kicked under the tires once the candidate takes office. We as an electorate fail to hold them accountable and thus perpetuate the disposable culture of issues. Without accountability, the disposable culture’s clasp on ideas intensifies. Its origins unearthed, as we now explore how our disposable culture trashes our society, we’ll find mountains of problems large enough to trickle down to more and more Americans.
The environment, which is an externality, is effected by the large amount of pollution that corporations produce. An externality is “a secondary or unintended consequence.” (Merriam-Webster) As big business continue to produce vast quantities of goods, they drain natural resources, add tons of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, and have no consideration for the land humans live on. In the movie The Corporation it is disused that many habitats are being destroyed which cause many species to become extinct.