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Fast Food Nation
Transcript of Fast Food Nation
shows the diverse but corrupted fast food system that is a huge part of America. The book starts with how the industry had a great start that allowed it to grow, it then describes the problems that the industry fell into, and finally how to solve the problems.
AP Language and Composition
January 4, 2013
Fast Food System(CATWOE)
Farmers are forced to obey laws and regulations that have been made by food processors no matter how crazy they might be. If they try to oppose the processors that owns them, then the processer will stop using their product cutting their income.
Just like farmers, most of the people who own land do not own what is being produced on it. Ranchers cannot decide what happens to the cows becuase they do not legally own them, ranchers are always being controlled by companies like Tyson or ConAgra. If they disagree with their employer the company that employs them will stop sending them cows which cuts off their income.
All of the animals are being treated inhumanely because the process that the meat producers use to kill the animals do not always work. The animals are slowly herded into the processing plant, knocked unconcious, hung from hooks and then sent at high speeds down the line where there are workers that will humanely kill them. What is inhumane about this process is the speed of production, when the hooks are moving fast the cows sometimes fall off onto machinery jamming everything up and causing the cow to have a painful death.
Immigrants are brought in and used a easy labor for meat processing plants. Since most of the immigrants dont speak English, the companies take advantage of them by providing them with little to no health care and a pay grade that is way lower than the average minimum wage. Most of the immigrant workers are underskilled and untrained which causes many safety problems and finally in rarer cases death.
Consumer are cheated out of money due to high prices at restaurants when the product itself cost low amounts of money to make. When a consumer pays his or her taxes a small amount go towards the Better Business Bureau which keeps a fund that allows smaller businesses to begin but the big corporations take the money from the fund and put it towards building newer restaurants so the corporations don't have to pay for their new restaurant franchises out of their own wallets. Consumers are also lied to by big name corporations about there food, and what it is really made of and where it came from.
Most factory workers are cheated out of pay due to corrupt managers that force their workers to work extra shifts with little to no pay. They also put the health of their workers at harm by falsifying records and putting workers back on the line right after they get out of the hospital. The factories also go as far as not even paying the workers for damages and blames the injury on the worker even though the machine was faulty.
The government is constantly being taken advantage of by companies, this happens becuase these companies bribe government officials to do their bidding and sometimes hire specific people to get voted into Congress and keep laws from being passed that promote safety regulations. Since government officials do there bidding it is impossible to make new laws that provide better safety and regulatios that will be better for the worker and later the consumer. The companies also use the funds that are supposed to be for new small business to pay for reasturants they are buidling becuase they are cheap, what's ironic is that they use money from the small businiess fund even though the cost to build their resturants doesn't hurt there wallets one bit.
Producers acquire and constrict the money flow by buying and merging the companies so they can purposely control the input and output of money and products. There are only 4 big producers and they are: Tyson, ConAgra, Cargill, and JBS USA. These companies control the producing market so they get to control most of the money flow and control safety regulations.
Fast Food Restaurants
Fast food restuarants are at the top of the food chain due to the how easy they are to access and how many people eat there every week even every day. Restaurants even have the power to control the producers that supply them. Restaurants have this power because they are one of the biggest buyers and if one of the production companies lost contracts with them the production company would loose money and eventually fall into financial problems.
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Fast Food Nation
Fast Food Nation
The McDonald's Corporation is the world's largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, while serving 68 million customers in over 119 countries. The company was started as a barbecue restaurant by Richard and Maurice McDonald in 1940, industrialized in 1948, and in 1955 businessman Ray Broc joined the company and purchased it from them allowing it to grow and spread across the world.
McDonald's primarily sells hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken, french fries, breakfast items, soft drinks, milkshakes, and desserts. Becuase of changing food habits the company has expanded its menu to include salads, fish, wraps, smoothies, and fruit.
SUBWAY is an American fast food restaurant franchise that primarily sells submarine sandwiches (subs) and salads. The company is owned and operated by Doctor's Associates, Inc. Subway is one of the fastest growing franchises in the world with 40,855 restaurants in 105 countries and territories as of January 1, 2014.
It is the largest single-brand restaurant chain and the largest restaurant operator globally.
KFC or Kentucky Fried Chicken is a fast food restaurant chain that specializes in fried chicken.
It is the world's second largest restaurant chain overall (as measured by sales) after McDonald's, with over 18,000 outlets in 120 countries and territories as of December 2012. KFC is owned by Yum! Brands, a restaurant company that also owns the Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurant chains.
Farmers and Ranchers- The people who are the heart of the food packing industry. If they were gone there would be no industry. They are suffering from the lowering costs of their products by big name food production companies, while these companies make more money off the lowering costs.
Factory Workers and Immigrants- People who make up most of the American food workforce which includes meatpacking factories and even restaurants. Most corporations choose immigrants because its cheap and the labor requires no skill at all. They are suffering due to safety cutbacks forced by the company that endanger them. Since they get payed little most of the time they can't pay for the hospital bills.
Consumers and U.S Government- Consumers and the government pay fees to build new restaurants that the big corporations could easily pay with no loss to their money reserves. As taxes increase these big corporations will likely get more money from funds that they should not have access too. What the companies are doing causes the government and the consumer to suffer literally and figuratively.
Restaurants and corporations profit from low costs by selling low budget food at high prices. They cut down on safety and speed up machines to be efficient to that they can get more of a profit.
The actors are the beneficiaries, the meatpacking and the fast food chain corporations that at any time could change their minds about giving their employees more benefits and implementing better safety regulations.
The actors will not be impacted by any plan to provide better benefits and better safety regulations. The only things that will be impacted is a few dollars from their big wallets.
They might react to safety plans a little harshly because some of them are greedy and will want to keep the way things are so they won't waste there own money but some of them might want to change the way their companies run so that their companies will be better.
The inputs are the work that the workers do, also the cattle and other animals that come from farms; the outputs are the money and the product that the companies get from their factories.
The inputs come from the farms where farmers are given the animals when they are little, they then raise the animals with food and medicine provided by the company, and lastly shipped off to the company's butcher factories.
The outputs come out of the factory then it goes to the company where they decide what happens to it and how much of a profit they can make off of the product.
The process for converting the input into the output is using factory workers to make products and when the company is through with them, usually due to injury, the company turns there back on them and fires them. These top companies use them like a type of disposable energy in their system. Food to be processed go in, workers process the food at the factories, then the food goes to the company so that they can make a profit.
The bigger picture of this system is too make money, the executives of the companies believe that by cheap labor and high prices that can get the most money and make the most out of life. They abide by this worldview even if it puts other people at risk because of the greed that they possess, they would rather have someone be injured for the sake of money.
This worldview can be stopped and the executives can still keep there money, they need to stop being greedy with money and treating other people like they are disposable. These executives need to spend a month in there factories and facilities and see how the employees are being treated.
If the executives change there minds it would benefit everybody: the workers will get better environments to work in, the food will be of better quality for the consumer, and the executives won't have to worry about everybody being on there backs about the quality of their food and safety regulations.
The owners of the system are those who buy the final product. This is usually companies such as McDonalds or Burger King. Since they are the biggest purchasers of meat products they can say that if they don't like what the producer is dong then they wont buy a producers product and the producer will be forced to listen to whatever the buyer wants which can be better food quality or cleaner production line.
What stops the producers from changing there minds is the greed for money that they have which makes them think of the needs of themselves instead of the needs of others.
Some limits of the system is the ideology of the people running it, they are so caught up with there money that they loose there ability to innovate and make the world better.
The willingness of the workers and the executives to work together to make a better work environment for the workers.
Finding a new way to humanely kill animals such as slowing down the lines so that cows do not fall off and that the workers do not injure themselves.
As a nation we need to stop the greedy behavior that we have and start to caring about others like the way that we want to be treated. We need to come up with better plans for safety and for health or things can end badly. We need to respect others and not treat them like they are disposable like most companies have been doing. The reason why so many people are close to poverty is because these corporations are taking all the money and hording it for themselves. We need to take care of each other and keep each other safe.
By: Eric Schlosser