but i thought i would post some facts about this book that really get the point across - 4 meatpacking companies control 84% of the market (tyson, swift and co., excel, and national beef) BUT ranchers only get 47 cents to the dollar spend on beef - 1991 - one billion fish killed in north carolina by disease linked to runoff form slaughter house -2004 - a 4 million pound pile of cow poop burned uncontrollably for 4 months - 4 chicken companies control half of the american chicken market -90% of chicken sold is no longer whole chickens but chicken that has already been cut into pieces (i.e. for mcnuggets) - a typical chicken farmer only makes $12,000 a year - chicken are fed (in the feed farms) anything from old pretzels and cookies covered in fat to leftover chicken parts..
This book describes how the major fast food companies got started, how they made there fortunes, and what processes they use to make their food. overall, it isn't an eloquent or a book that has philisphoical epiphany's, but is a great book becuase it greatly illistrates a need to force fast food companies to better there food content.
in this epic non fiction novel (all true to life!) the author explains what fast food really is through photos, data and stories. After reading Chew On This, you will know about the horrors of fast food like never before. I also think teenagers who eat too much fast food should read this book because it will most likely destroy their addiction immediately.
It's very informational and eye-opening; I feel like I learned a lot from reading it. Growing up, my mom never let my siblings and I eat fast food, so my first time at McDonald's was when I came to college at the age of 18. I also got a different point of view on my college town, Greeley, Colorado.
Instead, they came off as very outspoken and preachy about the 'evils' of fast food and the entire industry. And to some extent, I felt that's what this book ended up doing instead of giving students a balanced view of the problems with indulging in a fast food lifestyle. Instead of focusing on some main issues in the industry and exploring their larger impacts, the book tried to hit on a little bit of everything and did a poor job of going deep enough to explain some of those main issues. The same with the issue of gastric bypass surgery or the broader economic impacts of teens working minimum wage jobs in fast food. Overall, while this book was quite informative, it did a poor job of appropriately gauging its audience and adjusting the delivery of the subject matter for said group. It seems that the author has written a similar book for a more adult audience called Fast Food Nation, so that is on my list of things to check out and maybe try to balance the approaches of the two works.
As I read this book, I found it very interesting to know that although fast food places claim to have all natural ingredients, always fresh/never frozen ingredients, it is almost always a lie to get you to buy their product. Also, if I were thinking about eating fast food now, after reading about the addition of dead bug carcasses makes the food a lot less appealing... Surprisingly, I feel a lot less inclined to eat at any fast food restaurant due to this book.
Chew on This is a nonfiction book that is a big eye opener to the fast food world. Did you know that some fast food places were started by the weirdest people? Oddly all of this places started by the people eating McDonald's. Sometimes if you get obese, you get gastric bypass surgery, like a boy named Sam Fabrikant.
Schlosser lives in California, and is working on a book about the prison system.