coli, mad cow disease and salmonella. Most factories do not care about the quality of meat they produce and that’s why many people around the world are infected by E. coli, and this disease comes from a polluted meat and can cause acute kidney failure. Every year thousands of people die in the US from E. coli which made the scientist do a research and in the article “Modern diseases on the rise of factory farming) it’s mentioned that “the scientist tested over one thousand meats from different factories and they were shocked that 60 percent of this meat is polluted and can cause E. coli” (Geer,2014). The second disease is the mad cow disease and both humans and cows are infected by this disease. This disease happens to cows when they are fed a dead Sheep mixed with straw, and human can get this disease if they eat a cow that used to have mad cow disease.
Meat packing industries were becoming more unsafe everyday. This led for more people to become sick and die from diseases because of the rotten, diseased, and contaminated foods they were ingesting. Many people were disturbed by the fact that these meat-packing industries were getting away with all the infections they had in the meat. They were so disturbed that they wanted to expose them and show what their company was actually like. These people became known as the muckrakers.
The famous American chef Alice Waters once said, “I think America 's food culture is embedded in fast-food culture. And the real question that we have is: How are we going to teach slow-food values in a fast-food world? Of course, it 's very, very difficult to do, especially when children have grown up eating fast food and the values that go with that.”. Popularized in the 1950s in the United States, fast food is a mass-produced food that is prepared and served in a short amount of time that contains less nutrients compared to other foods and dishes. However, in recent years, the fast food industry has become the subject and source of the rise in the rate of obesity throughout countries.
“Fast food is popular because it’s convenient, it’s cheap, and it tastes good. But the real cost of eating fast food never appears on the menu.” When the idea of fast food was first created, it was met with mixed reactions. White Castle and A&W--the first two fast food restaurants ever created--worked very hard to create a service that could provide meals quickly to the people around them. Customers, at first, refused to eat hamburgers because of their tarnished image influenced by Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. White Castle began to change this negative image of hamburgers by preparing all meat in front of a window that customers could see through.
The family members have been working for the meat industries, and have learned all their schemes. They describe the many inhuman and gruesome things that occur in the factories. “…The beef had lain in vats full of chemicals, and mean with great forks speared it out and dumped into trucks, to be taken to the cooking room.” (Sinclair 69), the factories found ways to mix spoiled meat with regular meat to sell, one being the amount of different chemicals used to relieve of the stench. They also state that there were rat problems and when the rats die they were usually proceed with the rest of the meat. Even with the fact that the family knew the secrets behind the meat, there are forced to buy and consume the meat.
Animals that go to slaughter houses see misery long before arriving. Animals lay in their own manure while on the farm and are vulnerable to many diseases due to the lack of health care they receive. Many of these animals are not properly cleaned before being slaughtered. One former slaughterhouse employee states, “One of the real problems is that animals have spent their lives lying in their manure, are smeared and caked with the stuff, and they’re entering the food plant” (Pollan). One other slaughterhouse worker also said, “During the evisceration of the animal, the manure can get on the meat.
There were usually no restrooms for the workers, so a corner or the floor were utilized as substitutes. The rooms were dark and musty, from a lack of windows. The machines had sharp parts made for crushing meat, which caused fingers and other body parts of workers to be severed and grinded into the meat. Rat infestations lead to rat droppings, rat poison, and rat corpses finding their way into the meat as well. Many of these factors caused food poisoning to reach its highest peak in United States history in the early 1900s.
As a result, a botched slaughter condemns some hogs to be scalded and drowned. Secret videotapes from Iowa park plant shows hogs squealing and kicking as they are being lowered into the water” (Warrick 67). Similarly, “Because the purpose of slaughterhouses is to kill animals as quickly as possible, many are still conscious when their bodies are dragged through scalding tanks and as their throats are slit and their bodies are dismembered” (“The Slaughter”). This is a significant and common issue that occurs in slaughterhouses. The animals are tortured and killed at an agonizingly slow pace.
The Jungle exposed the way workers were treated in the meatpacking industry. It stated that they were exposed to filthy workplaces, in which the smell would be outrageous. They were forced to work through these smells for non-stop hours. In addition, the smell would come from the meat itself. The smell would bring in rodents, such as rats, into the factories.
This is a minimal amount of time, when you think about it, for something this large to happen and influence so much. Throughout the book, we are told of the horrible working conditions of the overworked and underpaid employees, and the intense amount of factory work that causes numerous accidents when people are worked at such speeds in meat packing houses. Furthermore, Fast Food Nation is something that will open your eyes and give you insight on everything that goes on in the fast food business. In part one, The American way, we are told, how society changed from then on, and why this sort of lifestyle became so popular. Additionally, we are informed of the working conditions inside these jobs.
USDA has repeatedly purchased meat from companies that have been involved in major bacterial outbreaks. A handful of children have been sickened because of this. To make matters even worse, the USDA buys the cheapest meat it can get, leaving the meat highly susceptible to having harmful diseases and pieces of bones. Even fast-food restaurants have higher meat standards than the National School Lunch Program ((NSLP)USDA provides the meat for the NSLP). Lastly, chapter nine notifies people that kitchen sinks aren’t as clean as they may think.
Paul McCartney once said,” If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian”. At the same time, these animals are tortured and most never see the light of day and workers are underpaid, overworked, and taken advantage of but people turn a blind eye when they are told about how the animals and employees are treated. Meatpacking employees are constantly injured on a daily basis. Schlosser, in Fast Food Nation, states, “ The injury rate in a slaughterhouse is about three times higher than the rate of a typical American factory”. If the employers are being careless about the safety of their employees, does that mean they are careless when it comes to the meat?
With the use of effective visual elements coupled with commentary, Food Inc. aims to expose the corrupted side of the food industry. Heart-wrenching images of hundreds of baby chickens being raised in spaces no larger than a dresser drawer, hundreds of pigs being mashed to death in a single motion on the ‘kill floor’, and the industrialized slaughtering of cattle with dark music in the background, is depressing and an appeal to pity among the audience. These explicit scenes of the animal killings are intended to highlight the inhumane cruelty towards animals. Another example is the interview with Barbara Kowalcyk, mother a the young boy who died from e.coli poising, contracted by eating tainted meat, tainted by the way in which it was processed in the industrial factory. This story is a powerful way to appeal to the viewer’s emotions and illustrate the seriousness of the corruption within the food
1 in 4 Americans visit a fast food restaurant in respect to the video at the time of date. The three most obese states at the time were Virginia, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Virginia being the home of Morgan Spurlock. The reason behind the experiment was due to the fact that two people filed a lawsuit on Mcdonalds saying that eating there food is the reason for obesity in America. The only way to possibly defeat mcdonald 's was to present actual evidence that they were encouraging people to supersize their meal.
Those who couldn’t keep up were easily replaced by the abundance of workers available (Sinclair 71). Along with poor natural conditions, there were numerous machine malfunctions. There was a report of a steam hoist collapsing through a floor. Also, accounts of boilers and rendering tanks exploding were told. A man named Fred Prill had his arm stuck in sausage rollers, and it had to be amputated.