CHEW ON THIS: The fast food industry and how it's changed people and…
CHEW ON THIS: The fast food industry and how it's changed people and our culture.
Chapter 3 - McJobs: Working conditions in the fast food industry aren't always very good. Employees having long hours and low pay are not uncommon in these restaurants.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a “McJob” is a job that’s low-paying and offers little opportunity to get ahead.
Fast food restaurants often don't pay their employees enough even when the working conditions are bad.
Everything is uniform and the same across nationally spread fast food restaurants. This takes away from what was once unique and special about a certain place.
Unions were formed to gain better working conditions
Chapter 2 - The Youngster Business: Commercials can have immense effects on someone and increase business for companies especially when advertised toward children.
Disney founder, Walt Disney, and McDonald's businessman, Ray Kroc, had a lot in common and they knew each other since they were very young.
Young children often can't tell the difference between a show and a commercial. Scientists would study the brain's reaction to specific commercial.
McDonald's brought toys to their meals, bringing in children, and causing at least one more customer to accompany them.
Chapter 7 - Big: What happens when you fast food on a regular basis, and how you can cure the consequences.
Direct quote: “Obesity clearly has a number of complex, interconnected causes. What you eat, how much you eat, and how much you exercise help determine your weight."
People need immense emotional strength to handle gastric bypass surgery. Patients also may suffer from internal bleeding, intestinal leaks, blood clots, infections, nerve damage, or life long pain.
People who have this surgery have to take many pills and vitamins their whole life because their new digestive systems can’t absorb necessary amounts of food.
Chapter 6 - Meat: The process in which the meat we eat is made, is more harmful tan necessary to animals and humans.
Direct quote: “Other people who live in Greeley can’t stop thinking about the smell, even after years. It seeps into everything, gives them headaches, makes them nauseous, interferes with their sleep.”
Direct quote: “Every day in the United States, roughly 200,000 people are sickened by something they ate, 900 are hospitalized, and 14 die.”
The fast food industry has made it so chickens are fatter and heavier in shorter amounts of time, causing many to have heart attacks and die.
Chapter 5 - Stop the Pop: Soda has an immense impact on the fast food industry and it also greatly affects the lives of people who drink it regularly.
Schools in Alaska used to have a Native Food Day, since kids in school were losing their native culture due to fast food.
Some companies paid the school or teachers money in return for advertising in their hallways, during movies they showed, or even on the teachers cars.
In many places, it is cheaper to buy soda than clean drinking water. This causes people of a lower class, buy soda instead of water, eventually rotting their teeth.
Chapter 4 - The Secret of the Fries: The way fast food is made is very different from the way other food is prepared.
McDonald's used to hand peel, cut, and fry fresh potatoes for their fries each morning. Later they switched to frozen fries for convenience.
Direct quote: “Each of the widely used chemical additives may be safe to eat by itself, but the safety of eating a large combination of additives at every meal remains unknown.”
Certain chemicals are combined to create artificial flavors that go into the food we eat.
Chapter 8 - Your Way: The world is slowly coming to recognize what has happened ever since fast food came into our world.
Cities are being filled with identical stores and restaurants, creating an “Americanized culture”. The text states, “This international spread of uniformity and conformity, according to political scientist Benjamin R. Barber, is creating a “McWorld.”
The 100 Meters Program is a program launched by Coca-Cola, being that no one should have to walk more than 100 meters to buy their products.
McDonald's told many of their suppliers that things had to change or they wouldn’t buy from them anymore. With McDonald's being these companies largest customers, they immediately followed their instructions.
Direct quote: “Change for the better doesn’t just happen. You have to make it happen, working with others who feel the same way.”
Chapter 1 - The Pioneers: The fast food industry startup and the success of the Speedee Service System.
In 1885, Charlie Nagreen decided to make meatballs a street food by pressing them between two slices of bread.
McDonald's changed the face of fast food by introducing the Speedee Service System, where you had to get out of your car for food.
Restaurants started cooking their hamburgers in front of their customers after people claimed the food was dangerous and unclean.
"The Pioneers" photo
"The Youngster Business" photo
"The Secret of the Fries" photo
"Stop the Pop" photo
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