The Perils Of Fast Food - Explained Over 20 Years Ago!

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Plant Based News
12 Sep 2020

As powerful and incisive today as it was back in 2001, this talk takes a look at the true costs of fast food - the ones not listed on the menu.

Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser bases his account of the global influence of the US fast food industry on research for his book ‘The Perils of Fast Food’. He describes the suffering brought about by the American health crisis and spike in food-born illness, and the horrors faced by workers in the meat packing industry. Schlosser also offers a well-researched, fair-minded look at the fast food industry’s world-changing business model, its huge political power, and what actually goes into its products, before taking a look at the future of the fast food colossus.

1:09 Eric Schlosser introduces ‘The Perils of Fast Food’ how and why the research project came about

1:50 - about the author: full disclosure

2:43 - a country is what it eats

4:27 - turning point in research: confidential docs from ad campaign

5:47 - food has radically transformed

6:57 - losing the connection to our food supply

8:59 - the goal of his book: think about where your food comes from

9:29 - the fast food industry - unavoidable whether you eat it or not

9:55 - the dangers of business as usual

12:51 - power and scale: introducing McDonalds

15:47 - socio-political history of the fast food industry

17:09 - changing how Americans work

18:42 - influence of the fast-food model

20:24 - a pioneer of replication

21:16 - franchising: fanatical conformism

23:36 - bigger suppliers - American agriculture and huge mergers a closer look at the food

24:08 - the most heavily processed food on the planet

24:54 - why does it taste so good? - birth of the flavour industry

26:38 - strawberry flavour

27:25 - flavour factories

Health crisis

28:22 - obesity epidemic

29:02 - cashing in on an instinctive craving

29:54 - portion sizes and profit

31:01 - children’s health

32:00 - marketing to kids - profit motive

33:43 - spreading disease through food supply

35:30 - political alliances and compromised food safety

36:14 - huge gaps in enforcement - contaminated meat

36:57 - what’s in my burger? feacal contamination

37:45 - somebody is going to get sick

the meat-packing workers

38:47 - a vulnerable community

40:24 - the most dangerous job in the US

41:24 – meat packing accident reports

Politicians and the fast food/meat packing industries

43:08 - the Republican Party

44:58 - a non-partisan issue

45:25 - one Republican legacy worth reclaiming

The future of the industry

46:27 - a battle against corporate power

47:10 - will McDonald’s always be with us?

49:15 - consumer responsibility

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