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The book is a bit slow going and has some boring parts in it. This, however, does not diminish in my eyes from the importance of reading it, as it is an eye-opener, or an awareness-maker. In a nutshell, this book discusses the American Fast-Food industry and its effects on the American agriculture, economics, demographics, health, etc. It exposes all the bad and unsanitary practices being regularly put to use in American slaughterhouses and meat processing plants, as well as the political reasons behind the fact that no laws are made against these practices despite their adverse ramifications (these reasons amount to the lobbying power the fast food giants can exercise, especially with Republican parties.) If after reading it you just get hungry and look for the nearest McDonald's, then you probably need to have your internalisation mechanism checked. BTW, since, according to the book, McDonald's exports these practices overseas, eating burgers in Australia or Israel will not necessarily make them safer in the long run from, say, E Coli or Salmonella. 

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Want to find out why McDonald's french fries taste so good? This book will tell you, along with all sorts of interesting information about the food we eat. The book starts out talking about economics: minimum wage, hiring unskilled workers - whether young or handicapped. Lobbying for a lower minimum wage, how not to unionize, and how to avoid having to pay benefits. The book then talks about what we want to hear - the atrocious conditions of the meat packing plants, and the horrible conditions the cows are kept in. Yes, we learn what it is that really goes in beaf - and it makes rats seem preferable. The book is a fascinating insight into the history of the fast food industry and the economics of these companies. The author spends a great deal of time talking about Colorado, and that seems to be an unnecessary digression, but the majority of the book is a fascinating insight into fast food, and the entire industry that produces it. The book concludes with suggestions for making fast food better - nutritionally, and economically. If you are at all interested in the food you eat, and the history behind it, this is a good book to read. 


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