Fast food is what many people eat in America, and increasingly in other countries. It is advertised to be fun, tasty, and easily available. Americans spend more money annually on fast food than is spent on higher education.
Eric Schlosser is our guest in this archive edition. He’s the author of Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. Schlosser writes that it is not only what is served for human consumption that is the problem, but the art of mass-marketing to children through organized promotions and ads for the products—in school busses, hallways, and even bathroom stalls—has serious side effects on society.
Working conditions for employees at meat-packing plants and the resulting contamination of the product resulted in the July 19th, 2002 recall of 19 million pounds of beef. In addition to the acute health hazards of contamination, a fast food meal often contains more fat in one meal than the average person needs in a day.
This interview was originally recorded in mid-summer 2002.
The book he recommends is “Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing,” by Ted Conover. Click here to listen to a two-part series with Ted Conover, recorded in 2001.
Click here to listen to the interview with Eric Schlosser.