Why I recommend this — 7 years ago
I was aware of some of the information in this book – namely that fast food is unhealthy and probably contributing to obesity in this country and, increasingly, abroad. But there was so much more here. For example, it’s not just that foods are fatty, but there are other, far more serious health risks with some foods: deadly pathogens that are spread by poor conditions and pure stupidity in meat packing plants, and which the government has no power nor apparent desire to control. People die of food poisoning, especially small children, and for more often than I’d imagined. Oh, and let’s not forget the threat of Mad Cow disease. Again, no one is insisting on taking steps that could really prevent the spread of this disease – why would they? It might add a few cents to the cost of a hamburger.
The book also discusses abuses of workers throughout the industry, and how the government (particularly Republicans) have chosen greed over public interest when “legislating” (and I use the term very loosely) the industry. That to me, is actually the most disgusting thing in this book. Well, maybe it’s tied with the way that sellers of fast/junk foods are buying their way into public schools, where they have a captive audience of impressionable minds – provided by our government, no less – to brainwash into buying their unhealthy products.
I’d already cut out most fast food from my diet and that of my seven-yead-old son (we haven’t eaten at a McDonalds since I can’t remember when), but I think I’m going to take it further now, and stop eating not only fast food, but also beef and probably chicken and pork, as well. (I’m already mostly vegetarian so it’s not a big leap, but still. This sure gave me some added incentive).
I’d recommend this book to everyone. Well, everyone who eats food, anyway. ;)