Eric Schlosser’s non-fiction book Fast Food Nation is a dense but fascinating (and nightmare inducing) read, an in-depth dissection of the many elements that feed and influence the fast food machine in the U.S. I have to confess I couldn’t get all the way through it – about half way through the chapter concerning how the companies prioritize profit over the safety and welfare of their teenage employees, I threw it across the room in horror.
The roots of the industry as we know it today are so deep, so entrenched, and so high-dollar, it’s terrifying. It’s much more alarming and pervasive than a few industrial accidents, exploited teens, or nasty-tasting product. Schlosser’s book goes into the how and the why and who benefits and who suffers, and it’s more than just the obvious hierarchy of capitalism.