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Fast Food Nation
Transcript of Fast Food Nation
Ray Kroc- a founder of McDonalds, the largest fast food corporation in the world that leads in the importation of frozen goods like burgers, french fries and chicken nuggets.
The meatpacking industry- the essential "heart beat" of the fast food industry. Without this production, McDonald's would not be able to sell as much food as its able to. One major conflict that took place was when the farmers began to receive unfair pay due to the monopoly of the meat packing industries. The corporations exchanged knowledge of the prices and worked together to fix them for a better, cheaper price. They were not competitive which lead to the decrease in income for the local farmers. If the farmers spoke out, they were black balled and no one would bid on their cattle. man vs. man Ray Kroc Eric Schlosser Climax The End!! Resolution Another major conflict was the Jack-In-The-Box incident. This happened when the fast food restaurant received tainted meat that contained E. coli. This poisoned many customers, including children, as well as poisoning their reputation. man vs. nature, man vs. man To ensure the prices of the cattle from the local farmers were not being fixed by the meat packing industry, president Woodrow Wilson, in 1920, had the Federal Trade Commission investigate. The meat packers soon decided to they were better off no longer fixing the prices, because they realized if there was a trial, they would lose. To fix the Jack-In-The-Box incident, many of their franchises were forced to lock their doors and investigate the situation. This made sure that widespread disease of E. coli and salmonella would not occur again. Later, they reopened, better than ever and ready to sell cleaner and safer food to their customers. Considering the frequent changes of mood, there are multiple climaxes in this book. For example, when Eric Schlosser finishes with the documentation of the cattle and chicken farmers, the mood changes to a much more somber setting. He takes you inside the daily life of a man who works in a meat packing industry. He describes the mile long lines of cattle, waiting to be slaughtered. Also, he gives facts on the industry's workers who are injured or even die from the dangers of the machinery. Along with this change in mood, many other "climaxes" occur throughout the book. One of the rising actions, was when Eric Schlosser described his experiences at International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF). By mixing chemicals, they are able to create all sorts of flavors. Eric even got to experiment with these chemicals. A worker at the factory brought him assorted flavorings and a testing filter. He dipped it in and then smelled it. To his surprise, he found that these chemicals produced remarkably real smells. Another rising action was when the author told Hank's story. Hank was a rancher in Colorado Springs. He owned tons of land and had cattle which he sold to the meat packers. He lost much of his ranch to natural causes, but also to the growing population and industrialism of the city. At age forty-three, he took his own life. A large part of the reason he did this, was probably the huge amounts of pressure he was under. There were low prices for cattle, and they were planning to build a highway right through his property. Lastly, the writer explained the hardships of becoming a franchisee. Today, it costs as much as $1.5 million if you wanted to become a franchisee for Burger King. They are also treated unfairly and could be evicted for no apparent reason. The contract they must sign is very long and small font. There are no laws to regulate the power of the franchisers over the franchisees.