Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

by Eric Schlosser | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0060938455 Global Overview for this book
Registered by ThanksMom of Hagerman, Idaho USA on 1/14/2004
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29 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by ThanksMom from Hagerman, Idaho USA on Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Wanted it, got it, read it. Not really what I expected but still a good book to read. I thought it would talk more about ingredients and secret recipies (which are mentioned). It does deserve its shelving on Social Sciences at my bookstore. Very much a social history of fast food and how fast food has changed so much of our lives.

Journal Entry 2 by crrcookie from Tecumseh, Oklahoma USA on Thursday, February 05, 2004
I just recieved this in the mail in Kaiserslautern, GERMANY yesterday. It is a book that I have been wanting to read and low and behold it was offered to me as a RABCK. I will probably offer this up as a bookray as soon as I finish with it because it is a book that seems to go fast in the forums.

From the back cover:

Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad. That's a lengthy list of charges, but Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning.

Schlosser's myth-shattering survey stretches from California's subdivisions, where the business was born, to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike, where many of the fast food's flavors are concocted. Along the way, he unearths a trove of fascinating, unsettling truths - from the unholy alliance between fast food and Hollywood to the seismic changes the industry has wrought in food production, popular culture, and even real estate.

Journal Entry 3 by crrcookie from Tecumseh, Oklahoma USA on Friday, February 06, 2004
This book is pretty dry and actually quite boring in places. I got through it so quick because I sometimes skipped paragraphs and pages just to keep it moving along. Not at all what I was expecting. It does tell about the history of fast food and then goes into the industries that provide the food. Also mentioned is the issue of wages and employees within the fast food realm.

I will be offering this book as a ray and will offer it to people who have it listed on their wishlist first.


Journal Entry 4 by crrcookie from Tecumseh, Oklahoma USA on Monday, February 09, 2004

I have decided to make this book into a ray. I PM'd all the people that had it on their Cliff1976 wishlist.

Here are a few guidelines for this ray so that things run smoothly.

I ask each person to make 3 journal entries on this book.

Please make a journal entry as soon as you recieve the book.

Next make a journal entry after you have read the book. Please include at least a few lines about what you thought about the book. If you have a favorite part include a small quote or if you have a least favorite part you may want to quote that. Even just general comments are better than nothing.

Last, please make a journal entry as soon as you mail the book to the next participant. (Please do not make Release Notes ... noone will get a journal entry alert for those and it makes it hard to track the ray and I am a believer that the release notes are for books that will be wild and this book has been tamed for the duration of the ray.) In addition please make 3 seperate journal entries because I do not get alerts when you edit an entry. I want to track the book the entire step of the way because this is my first ray and I am a bit overprotective.

Here is a list of participants in tentative shipping order.

perfect-circle UK
loopy1 UK
leighBCD UK
egs Canada
amatullah Canada
ashley0722 USA (Oregon)
AngelKitty USA (Colorado)
mbmeadow USA (Michigan)

davitraka USA (Florida) No answer to PM's June 2005 - PM me if interested in getting added to the list later.
katalirob USA (Georgia)
BigBird2002 USA (Arizona) - asked to be skipped
bittermint USA (California)
busybooklover USA (California) - asked to be skipped
illinicheme USA (California) - asked to be skipped
meganh Australia - asked to be skipped


These are latecomers to the bookray list and I had forgotten the shipping preferences of the members participating so I asked that the next person willing to send this book on overseas feel free to do so.

November 2005 - This book was sent on to someone else and these two people have not yet got to read the book if there is anyone that is willing to post overseas I ask that you pass the book along to one of them.

xula (Spain)
blaisezabini12 (Romania)

Journal Entry 5 by crrcookie from Tecumseh, Oklahoma USA on Wednesday, February 11, 2004
The book has been mailed out to perfect-circle. I sent it surface mail and it may take 2-3 weeks. Hmmm we will have to wait and see.


Journal Entry 6 by perfect-circle from Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 17, 2004
Arrived in the post today, thanks. I have a couple of books to finish then I hope to start this by the weekend.

Journal Entry 7 by perfect-circle from Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Saturday, February 28, 2004
I've never been a huge fan of fast food and had heard good things about this book. I have to say I wasn't disappointed and it certainly reaffirmed why I dislike fast food.

I was particularly interested in the added chapter, with the comments from McDonalds regarding the information in the book and the look at the American government's lack of action regarding the fast food and agriculture business it supports. Would be very interested to see what Schlosser makes of the current 'healthier' MacDonalds food that is being sold in the UK at the moment.

Fascinating. Thanks to crrcookie for organising this.

Journal Entry 8 by perfect-circle from Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Monday, March 01, 2004
posted to Loopy1 this morning

Journal Entry 9 by loopy1 from Herne Bay, Kent United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 03, 2004
Well after a week of no parcels and having caught up on my reading pile, this is the third book to arrive in as many days.
I'm looking forward to this one - I'm expecting it to cause a few family "discussions" when the kids next want to go to MacDonalds! More when I've finished it, when I let you know whether it was what I'm expecting it to be.
Thanks for this!

Journal Entry 10 by loopy1 from Herne Bay, Kent United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Well I finished the book - I confess to skimming part of it, but I read more than enough to take in the subject.
Did it live up to my expectations? Yes, in that I expect going to McDonalds (or any other fast food restaurant) to become a bigger decision than it has been in the past. But that conclusion has been reached for different reasons to the ones I was expecting.
First, though, my favourite part - the bit talking about marketing fast food to kids, and talking about nags - there are apparently seven major categories of nag - pleading, persistent, forceful, demonstrative (this is the screaming tantrum!), sugar-coated, threatening and pity. Now when one of children start on me I tend to mutter musingly "that sounds like pleading with a touch of forceful". The research given in the book comments "All of these appeals and styles may be used in combination, but kids tend to stick to one or two of each that proves more effective ... for their own parents."

On the more serious side, what shocked me most about the book was the allegations about labour conditions. I'd love to know how the UK compares with the States on subjects like unions, and working hours. Medical cover isn't an issue here with our National Health Service, but I have heard rumours about clocking-on fiddles and I remember all the fuss a few years ago when the minimum wage was first introduced.

As to the healthy food - McDonalds over here has just started offering a salad option, but apparently the salad, with its dressing etc, contains more fat than a Big Mac! Which appears to back up the chain's claim that the salad isn't being introduced to satisfy the healthy food demands.

By the end of the book I was feeling quite depressed about man's inhumanity to man - I may be naive, but I'd finally figured out that this has nothing to do with food, or providing a service, but is purely about making money. But the Afterword did help reassure me that the possession of money/power can be a force for good, as McDonald's demands changes in standards the government was unable to force through successfully. The bit about mad cow disease struck home too, as one of the first victims of it used to sit next to me in class at school. Interesting to hear that all the claims that the US doesn't have BSE don't mention the fact that they very rarely went looking for it!
Nevertheless, I feel very clearly that if a small number of people become millionaires, their money has come from somewhere, and all too often it's coming from the pockets of the poorer people, widening the gap between the two groups. And when I went down town today I bought a loaf of bread from a small bakery - it may have been twice the price of the supermarket loaf, but it has four times the taste, and I felt I was helping the small business.
I have the next reader's address and will be posting this book this in an hour or so when the post office opens after lunch.
Thanks very much for the chance to read it :-)

Journal Entry 11 by loopy1 from Herne Bay, Kent United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 10, 2004
The book is now in the care of the post office - this is possibly the last parcel I'll post with the current postmaster, as the post office is changing hands. Time to train in a new one...
Sent first class, so should arrive tomorrow.

Journal Entry 12 by LeighBCD on Friday, March 12, 2004
excellent... I have wanted to read this book for a very, very long time. I have a few other bookring books which arrived ahead but I think I can dip in and out of this one rather than read it all at one go. I promise this is not going to sit on a TBR pile indefinitely!! Thanks so much, I will journal again soon.

Journal Entry 13 by LeighBCD on Friday, March 26, 2004
So far I am enjoying this... I am dipping in and out of it. I am working up the courage, I have to admit, to reading the next chapter in the book which is all about "the beef" and the slaughtering of cattle. I am not looking forward to that chapter but read it I must!! I will be back...

Journal Entry 14 by LeighBCD on Sunday, April 11, 2004
Well, the second half of this book was just as harrowing as the first. This book lived up to its promise - I will *never* look at fast food the same way again. Aside from being incredibly informative, this book is also beautifully written. The scenes in the french fry factory and his tour of the slaughterhouses particularly spring to mind.

Thank you so much crrcookie for beginning this ray... I am sorry I have held on to the book for so long, but I did enjoy it, and am very glad that I was able to read it. I have address details for the next member of the ray and will post the book this week.

Journal Entry 15 by LeighBCD at on Thursday, April 15, 2004
Released on Thursday, April 15, 2004 at to egs in Nepean, Ontario, Canada Controlled Releases.

I hope you enjoy the book!

Journal Entry 16 by egs from Barrhaven, Ontario Canada on Thursday, April 22, 2004
JUST received this book in the mail today from LeighBCD in London, England! It arrived safe and sound here in Ottawa, Canada!

Looking forward to getting started on it this weekend. I'll make another entry when I've read the book.

Journal Entry 17 by egs from Barrhaven, Ontario Canada on Thursday, June 10, 2004
This ain't a "feel good" book. I didn't read the whole thing because it isn't really necessary to get the author's most depressing message about the cannabilization processes practiced in commercial agriculture.

Mailed to the next person on the Bookray list - amatullah - in Rothesay, NB, Canada! Hope you enjoy it more than I did.

Journal Entry 18 by amatullah on Friday, June 18, 2004
I finally got a chance to check my po box today and there it was. Can't wait! Will journal again when done.

Journal Entry 19 by ashley0722 from Berkeley, California USA on Sunday, November 28, 2004
Yay, I just got this book in the mail! I'm excited to read it; thanks for sending!

Journal Entry 20 by ashley0722 from Berkeley, California USA on Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Wow, I've had this book since November?! I had no idea I'd been hanging on to it for this long, I'm sorry! It will be going out in the mail to the next person as soon as I get her address.

Journal Entry 21 by AngelKitty from Denver, Colorado USA on Saturday, April 02, 2005
Just got this today, and am starting right now.

Journal Entry 22 by AngelKitty from Denver, Colorado USA on Sunday, April 10, 2005
I just finished this book and enjoyed it quite a bit more than others who have reviewed it, I guess. I'm much more for documentaries and the like. (Recently saw a great one "Live Nude Girls Unite" about a woman who tried to unionize a peep show location, as the women had no health insurance, sick time, were scheduled shifts according to race, but the women were working there as it was one of the few strip bars in the area that did not pressure the girls into prostitution.)

I liked that the book went over not just how unseemly the slaughter process can be (so sick of the gross-out factor: I don't know anyone who eats meat that doesn't realize it came from a living animal), but actual health risks
and the unethical business practices of both the chains and slaughterhouses, and the work conditions for those all along the chain. My husband and I are looking into organic meat (friends of the family own a ranch, and we are looking at their processing plant), since he doesn't like the idea of kosher (no blood allowed in the meat, much less spinal cords and other such bits). My husband's always been keen on the idea of supporting local businesses, and we are looking at being more so.

Right now, my husband is starting the book, as I promised him he could read it if he finished it before I get mbmeadow's address and make it to the post office (he's been granted a reprieve by a massive snowfall)

Journal Entry 23 by mbmeadow from Sacramento, California USA on Wednesday, April 27, 2005
I received this book in the mail today. Thanks to Angelkitty for sending it along, and to crrcookie for setting this up as a bookray.

Journal Entry 24 by mbmeadow from Sacramento, California USA on Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Sorry to have taken so long. But I read every word. Well, except for the extensive documentation. In contradiction to some of the previous entries, I didn't find the reading to be dry.

I found the book to be well-written and shocking. I guess I shouldn't have been so naive. I appreciated the detail and history Schlosser included to paint a more complete picture of every aspect of the fast food industry.
I have been a semi-vegetarian for many years, and recently became a full vegetarian. I haven't eaten fast food regularly in four or five years.

I was distressed by many parts of the book. Sometimes the mundane bits, like reconstituted refried beans, was enough. Reading about a person whose job was to cut cattle's arteries and being soaked in blood, horrible.
Reading about feces in the food, not encouraging. About the way workers are treated, terrible.
Pretty much, very few bright bits of this book. Schlosser does a good job in finding individuals to talk to. Like the guy who kept being injured while working for a slaughterhouse, before finally being put to pasture in his 40s.
There is some hope, if delivered in the hands of evil corporations themselves. Schlosser says that when chains put pressure on their suppliers, change happens rapidly. More pressure from consumers is in order.
I was also disgusted, but not surpised by, the ineffectiveness of any regulating governmental authority, driven in major part by lobbying power. Feeding possibly contaminated food to children?

This book has probably had the effect of opening a lot of eyes. I hope it'll be enough. But I'm also cynical enough to know better.

I have PMd the next person on the list, but the profile says that this person doesn't have computer access any more and is willing to be skipped if necessary.

Journal Entry 25 by mbmeadow from Sacramento, California USA on Friday, June 24, 2005
Mailed yesterday to katalirob, but the bookcrossing system was down.

Journal Entry 26 by katalirob from Columbus, Georgia USA on Thursday, June 30, 2005
I just got this in the mail. Thanks!

Sadly, I didn't get a chance to read it. Bigbird2002 asked to be skipped, so I'm sending it to bittermint.

Journal Entry 27 by bittermint from Sacramento, California USA on Wednesday, September 07, 2005
It arrived over the weekend, and I'm excited to read it.

Journal Entry 28 by bittermint from Sacramento, California USA on Monday, October 31, 2005
There is a fast-growing suburban town not far from here that I dislike intensely for reasons I have in the past had a hard time explaining. I always stated that the town was homogenized. Eric Schlosser has done the research that gives an explanation to my feelings about this town, and homogenized is the exact word to describe it. Fast Food Nation wasn't what I was expecting, and I found Schlosser's exploration of the societal effects of the fast food industry on the United States and the rest of the world to be fascinating.

Journal Entry 29 by bittermint from Sacramento, California USA on Sunday, November 06, 2005
Everyone after me in the bookray has another copy of Fast Food Nation, so I will be looking for a new home for it.

Journal Entry 30 by bittermint from Sacramento, California USA on Friday, November 11, 2005
Fast Food Nation is on its way to Lil-Snoo.


Journal Entry 32 by Lil-Snoo from Aurora, Illinois USA on Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Received this today...thanks so much for sending it! I guess it's time to find out just what kind of food I've put into my body. (yikes) :) I'll pass it along when I finish it.

Journal Entry 33 by crrcookie from Tecumseh, Oklahoma USA on Saturday, November 19, 2005
Since this book made a successful bookray journey I have now made it a ...

“Ray it Forward”!

Let me try and explain what a “Ray It Forward” is. More or less it is the lazy way for me to set up a common BookRay. Ordinarily a BookRay has a list of participants and it gets mailed down the line to the last person who does whatever they wish with the book. Well, I have no desire to maintain a list so this is what I figure. I’ll find the first person that wants this book and send it to them. I just ask that they pass the book along “BookRay” fashion when they are done with it.

If you are in possession of this book then please look for another BookCrosser to pass it to. Check the wish lists, the forums, a yahoo group, the BookRelay, or offer it at a meeting …whatever way you choose to pass it on is up to you. If it seems that no other BookCrossers want it then send it along its way as a wild release.

What are the advantages of Ray it Forward?

Time frame – I ask that you pass the book along in a couple months or so but because there is not a “waiting list” the time is a little more relaxed than a standard BookRay.

Shipping Preferences – Choose your own. If you need to post within your own country then do so. If you choose to send international that is great too. If postal costs are a problem right now then hand it to another BookCrosser at a meeting, release to an OBCZ, or just wild release the book.

Less Stress – I am trying very hard to let this book go but I do want it to travel … so try your best to help it along its way but I hope that the relaxed time frame and few restrictions will keep the stress level down about what to do with this book just as soon as you are finished with it.

Have a great BookCrossing Day!

Many thanks to Lil-Snoo for being willing to let me add this in after she already had the book. :)

I hope that many more people will get the chance to read this much wished for book.

Journal Entry 34 by Lil-Snoo from Aurora, Illinois USA on Monday, November 21, 2005
I started this one last night...I wasn't in the mood for the other book I'm currently reading and thought this would be a nice change of pace. I can see why some found this a little 'dry' in places, but it is packed full of interesting facts! I'll probably be reading bits here and there over the next few weeks, then will 'ray it forward' to another Bookcrosser after the holidays.

Journal Entry 35 by Lil-Snoo from Aurora, Illinois USA on Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Not exactly what I was expecting, but still interesting! I didn't finish the whole thing, but found myself skimming through a lot of it - many parts are rather dry. I did, however, make a point to read the meat chapters which were somewhat disturbing.

Sending it off to Bulan-Purnama as a 'ray it forward'!

Journal Entry 36 by Bulan-Purnama from Springfield, Oregon USA on Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Arrived today in the mail. I was intrigue by the title and hope it will not be a disappoinment read. When finish I will continue the Ray it forward.

Journal Entry 37 by Bulan-Purnama from Springfield, Oregon USA on Saturday, June 10, 2006
A fascinating report on how these fast food operate. His writing was very informative, explaining everything from marketing the food to selling it to the consumer. I was quite distressed how those cattle were treated. The condition and safety of those slaughter places were dispecable. The people they hired were mostly illegal. Cheap labor that is what they want, so they don't have to much. No recourse for those hired hands. Everything in this book amount to "greed". A well written book worth reading.

Journal Entry 38 by Bulan-Purnama from Springfield, Oregon USA on Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Passing on as a ray-it-forward to a bookcrosser in Oregon.

Happy Reading!

Journal Entry 39 by wingelizardbreathwing from Bella Vista, Arkansas USA on Wednesday, October 25, 2006
I've been wanting to read this for a long time. My brother read it in his first semester of video-game-making school and it changed his life! Thank you for sending this to me! I will be sure to pass it on when I'm done!

Journal Entry 40 by wingelizardbreathwing from Bella Vista, Arkansas USA on Wednesday, June 06, 2007
I have held onto this longer than I had expected to. I will begin reading it tonight and have advertised it on the forums as a bookring to be passed on when I'm done.

Journal Entry 41 by wingelizardbreathwing from Bella Vista, Arkansas USA on Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Unbelievable! I just can't think of very many words to describe the anger, frustration and nausea I feel after reading this book! This is definitely a life-changing experience! Since starting this book about 5 days ago, I have not had any beef, very little chicken, have lost 5 pounds and have taken all of my ground beef back to the store for a refund. I wish there was a way to get this information "out there" in a quick, concise way, that the majority of people would understand. This is an important book!


I am sending this out as a bookring. Please journal the book:
1) When receiving the book.
2) When finished with the book.
3) When sending the book on it's way.

Please PM the next person in line BEFORE sending the book on to make sure they are still interested in reading it. Please read through the book in a reasonable amount of time and keep it moving. This book has been traveling for a long time! Here is the current mailing order:

samutsari (Sri Lanka)
RockDg9 (Australia)
StrangeEmily (Greece)
Kimmi (Canada)
kobie03 (Canada)
myastone (NY, USA)
collegelady (CA, USA)
Silverflame (UT, USA)
cambridgelass (UK)
PussinBooks (UK)
SazzyMCH (UK)
chich (France)
drummerc25 (OR, USA)

If you can not reach someone on the list, please give them one week to respond to PM's and then move on to the next in line. I will move the non-responders to the end of the list and we can try again later.
Enjoy the book! Though dry in places, it really is worth your time and thought!


Sending to samutsari next week.

Journal Entry 44 by samutsari on Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Finally, it came- that was a long journey! Looking forward to read this as the 3rd world gets it share of fastfood restos springing up like mushrooms everywhere. Thanks for sharing it elizardbreath. I have an earlier ring (almost finished) but this will be my next read.

Journal Entry 45 by samutsari on Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I have watched a docufilm sometime back entitled "Super Size Me!" It is about eating at McDonalds and what it can do to you body. This book says it all - even the inner intricacies of the players in the agricultural sector/industry. Wow! Now, it makes my perspective against fastfoods and processed foods stronger, and drives me more to cook from scratch as often as I can... this is a must read. Thanks for sharing this elizardbreath!

Sending this on to RockDg9 in Australia today!

Journal Entry 46 by RockDg9 from Toowoomba, Queensland Australia on Thursday, August 23, 2007
Arrived here today - thanks! I have also watched and enjoyed 'Super Size Me' and look forward to this book.

Journal Entry 47 by RockDg9 from Toowoomba, Queensland Australia on Friday, August 31, 2007
Well that was a lovely well-rounded argument! LOL! In seriousness though, I was kind of expecting it to be a bit one-sided.

I've studied a bit of McDonald's history and work culture of its restaurants so a lot of this content was already familiar to me. But some of it was new. It was very comprehensive.

I would have liked it to be a little less sentimental - like those cheesy current affairs shows who have the mentality "The audience aren't connecting emotionally ... lets put in a sad cowboy".

Am PMing StrangeEmily.

Journal Entry 48 by StrangeEmily from Trikala, Trikala Greece on Sunday, September 30, 2007
Yes, now the book is in Greece, in my hands!

edit 20.11.07: I forgot to journal the book!

Now it is midnight but I'll do it tomorrow...

Journal Entry 49 by Kimmi from Kelowna, British Columbia Canada on Saturday, November 17, 2007
This arrived all the way from Greece! My husband is interested in reading it too but he's a speed reader so the ring won't get held up by him.

Journal Entry 50 by Kimmi from Kelowna, British Columbia Canada on Thursday, January 03, 2008
Wow. Thank you elizardbreath for letting me keep this longer so that I could read it over the holidays. Yuck and shame. I wish I could say that Canadian standards are better but I doubt it, especially as we have been in the news for Mad Cow disease, and since our major slaughterhouses are owned by IBP.

Fast Food has not been a meal choice of mine for a couple of years but now I am repulsed by the idea of it. This book has strengthened my beliefs in organic and local products. I really liked the section in the Epilogue where the organic, free-range, grain-fed rancher (his cows, not him!) talked about respecting vegetarians but arguing that cattle gets eaten no matter what - by people or by other animals. I think that for me, the choice will be to eat vegetarian when I'm at a restaurant but to buy organic meat for home cooking. We're not big meat eaters but I don't think I could easily remove it completely from our diet.

My husband says he will never step foot in a fast food restaurant again.

I'm going to buy this book and recommend it to my bookclub in January. My motto is: be informed. This book certainly helps.

I'm just waiting for the next address to send this on its way. Thanks again.

*edited January 6th to add that the book will be mailed tomorrow. It's packed up and ready to go!*

Journal Entry 51 by kobie03 from Lewins Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada on Friday, January 25, 2008
Book arrived today, Thanks. Beautiful bookmark Kimmi.

Journal Entry 52 by kobie03 from Lewins Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada on Monday, February 11, 2008
I feel well-informed about fast food after reading this and may never eat fast food again, it also makes one look at proscessed and ready prepared food in a more critical way. thanks for sharing.
i'll have it on it's way as soon as I get myastone's addresss.

Journal Entry 53 by kobie03 from Lewins Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada on Monday, February 18, 2008
In the post tomorrow to Myastone
Note Feb 28,2008
Those never-ending winter storms got in the way and the book didn't get posted until today. Air mailed to myastone on Feb 28, 2008. Sorry for the delay.

Journal Entry 54 by MyaStone from Stamford, Connecticut USA on Sunday, March 09, 2008
Received in the mail today. Can't wait to read it.

Journal Entry 55 by MyaStone from Stamford, Connecticut USA on Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Well, this was horrifying. Excellent read, would recommend it to everyone. My only issue is with his statistics, which, if you read the endnotes, he has sort of calculated himself by making assumptions from related data. Meh. But even if the numbers are half what he calculates, still pretty crazy

Have collegelady's addy, will send shortly.

ETA: sent on Apr 3rd. Del Conf # 0306-0320-0002-4991-3729

Journal Entry 56 by CollegeLady from La Mesa, California USA on Thursday, April 17, 2008
Sorry for the delay in posting - RL took over for a while. I got the book about a week ago with a beautiful bookmark (thanks myastone!) and it is third on my nightstand to read. I'm hoping to send it on within the next three weeks.

Journal Entry 57 by CollegeLady from La Mesa, California USA on Tuesday, May 20, 2008
This book put me off fast food for a while (shudder) and to think of how I loved my fast food!!!

I was able to contact Silverflame and this has been sent to her today.
Tracking number is 910280521307585687639

Journal Entry 58 by SilverFlame from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Friday, July 11, 2008
I've had this book for quite a while now and completely forgot to journal it! :S Anyway, I'm done with it now, PMing the next person on the list. :)

Journal Entry 59 by cambridgelass from Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 03, 2008
It arrived safe and well this morning, thankyou :)
I will get started on it at the weekend after finishing my bookgroup book. I'm really excited to begin this, saw the film and was totally grossed how can't imagine how i will feel after digesting the book

Journal Entry 60 by cambridgelass from Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Sunday, September 21, 2008
4 out of 5

I am so glad that this is different from the movie i was hoping for a more documenatry style of writing which i got. I find the movie enjoyable but at times becasue it is made into a story with characters it feels like fiction. This on the other hand was believable, i havn't set foot in a fast food restaurant in about 4 years so i can't say whether things like how dirty etc these places are but i can sure remember how bad they were.
I found the style of writing kept me gripped and most of the statements do remain in my mind i didn't find them getting lost at all ( i agree some of the statistics are a bit boring but it is expected).
I can believe most of what we are told in this and it is heart breaking and i totally agree with the author it is down to us as consumers to change how the fast food world works. It is defiantly a must read it is important to keep in touch with issues like these that do go on. If we are aware we can make our own moral judgements and actions. it isn't a preachy novel which some might expect but it certainly opens your eyes to what is going on.
Really easy to gobble down but much harder to digest as it leaves you with a sick feelig inside not only from how gross the food side is (most of us are aware of that) but alos how bad human beings are allowed to be treated.

posting to pussinbooks on tuesday.

Thankyou for sharing :)

Journal Entry 61 by cambridgelass at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Monday, September 29, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (9/29/2008 UTC) at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom



sorry for posting later then stated.
have posted off today :)
again sorry for the delay

Journal Entry 62 by PussInBooks from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on Thursday, October 02, 2008
received yesterday, thanks!

Journal Entry 63 by PussInBooks from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom on Friday, October 17, 2008
Started this and got the message pretty quickly, but not really in the mood to perservere with 288 pages of what feels like a fairly dense history lesson in the changing landscape of commerical America. There's undoubtedly a lot to learn, but I think you are either against fast food culture already and this book will just reinforce what you know, or you accept it as a fact of modern life and so will just tire quite rapidly of the 'corporate fat cats = bad' message. I'm an occasional fast food consumer and will continue to be. I can't see anyone who's silly enough to eat it every day having their habits changed by this weighty tome as it's likely they wouldn't pick it up in the first place.

Now the book is off to SazzyMCH.

Journal Entry 64 by SazzyMCH from San Antonio, Texas USA on Monday, October 20, 2008
Arrived today - thanks very much! Have a few library books to get to first and then this is next!

Journal Entry 65 by SazzyMCH from San Antonio, Texas USA on Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Apologies for taking so long. Life has hampered my reading time!!! I really couldn't get into this book which is a real shame because I was really looking forward to reading it. If I had more time I would try it again, but I'm going to get it moving. Have pm'd the next on the list.

Journal Entry 66 by SazzyMCH from San Antonio, Texas USA on Thursday, January 15, 2009
Again apologies - I have no excuses other than there have been real lie priorities. I have the address of the next person and will send it on tomorrow.

Journal Entry 67 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Image hosting by Photobucket Book received today, thanks so much for passing it on SazzyMCH! And thanks for starting this ring elizardbreath :o)

Journal Entry 68 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Sunday, February 22, 2009
A quote on the back cover says it all: "An avalanche of facts..." I'd been wanting to read this book for ages but it was just too much for me, too many details and too much info, especially during the first few chapters. Anyway, this *was* an interesting book, especially the chapter about labour conditions. As for what Schlosser had to say about the food, I can't say I was really surprised. I rarely go to fast foods (I think the last time must have been somewhere around 2001!) and have always expected the worst from their so-called "meals", the ingredients involved and the conditions in which the food is prepared. I'm still very much interested in the subject of fast foods and how it affects eating habits & health and I'd love to get a chance to watch Super Size Me, which Samutsari mentioned in her journal entry.

Thanks for sharing elizardbreath!

I've already PMed drummerc25 for his address and will send him the book as soon as he responds.

Journal Entry 69 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Tuesday, February 24, 2009
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Book sent to drummerc25 today, enjoy!

Entry #7 for the 2009 Keep Them Moving Challenge

Journal Entry 70 by wingelizardbreathwing from Bella Vista, Arkansas USA on Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I am pleased to be making journal entry number 70!!!! Woo Hoo! :)

Thanks to everyone who participated and kept it moving along on this latest bookring. I am still deciding how I'd like to next release this book. Will update soon!

Journal Entry 71 by wingelizardbreathwing from Bella Vista, Arkansas USA on Friday, March 13, 2009
I have advertised this as another bookring and am ready to send this on to the first participant. Please keep the book no more than 4 weeks.

1. mrsboknows (SC)...on it's way here (will ship to Canada)
2. ladyhawked (NY)
3. NMReader (NM) (US ship only)...note: NMReader contacted me 5/28 & will be keeping it for awhile
3. elizardbreath (OR)

Released 10 yrs ago (3/13/2009 UTC) at Controlled Release, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases



Sending on another bookring...first to mrsboknows in SC. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 73 by PalmettoBuckeye from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina USA on Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Arrived in the mail today and is next in line TBR. I'm almost done with the book in front of it. :)

Journal Entry 74 by PalmettoBuckeye from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina USA on Thursday, April 02, 2009
Not at all what I was expecting or wanting out of this book. I really wanted it to be more like Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me in book form. There were parts that were quite interesting (and slightly gross) but most of it was a bore fest. I appreciate the opportunity to read this. . .thank you. Will be sending along as soon as I hear from next in line.

Journal Entry 75 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Sunday, May 03, 2009
It arrived on 4/23/09 but while I asked for the next person's address I failed to journal it.

Journal Entry 76 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Wednesday, March 24, 2010
An update is long overdue for this book.

elizardbreath, bless her heart, said it was ok if it took me longer to read then the standard amount of time but I doubted that she thought it would take me so long. Unfortunately, the last year was filled with too many rings/rays/spirals and too much work and other pieces of life. I want to thank elizardbreath for granting me the extra time to read this book.

I happened to unpack the box this was in last night. I have a few books that are unpacked that are set to go on to other participants in a ring/ray/spiral. Since I have found this book, I plan to read it concurrently with the books that have others waiting for them.

I will start reading tonight. It may take me a while to complete but I thought elizardbreath might like to know that I have located the book and have started reading.

Journal Entry 77 by kobie03 from Lewins Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada on Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I'm glad to read that this book is still travelling-6 years and readers are still being informed.

Journal Entry 78 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I will edit this journal entry to keep people updated as to the staus of the book.

I just finished reading about Ray Kroc and Walt Disney. I have just started reading about kids and advertising. I am learning a lot from this book (and I am enjoying)but so far the book hasn't been what I was expecting.

April 2: Last night I was reading about marketing in the schools and how the companies get to receive tax breaks for putting advertising out as educational aids. I don't have children and so this has been a little eye opening to me. I want to ask my siblings about whether this is going on in their kids' schools.

April 5: Accidentally left at home when I went to sister's for Easter.

April 12: I was in Nashville 4/7-4/9. I did not take this book with me. I have started reading about potatoes and JR Simplot.

April 13: I read about flavorings and colorings last night. It was quite interesting to learn how processing the food robs it of natural flavor and how we put flavor back into it. Also strange to hear how the FDA views "natural" vs "artificial" flavors. I am sorry I am not moving through this quicker.

April 14: Last night I read about a small rancher near Colorado Springs who has a couple streams on his property. One beautiful and well preserved and the other ruined by run-off from the city which is growing too fast.

April 15: Last night I was educated on what has happened to the US poultry business. In the 80s McDonald's realized that people in the US where eating more chicken and wanted the appearance of a healthier than hamburger food choice - herein was born the McNugget. It is frightening how the fast food industry has had such a major impact on agriculture. If I recall I am just at the halfway poing on this book

April 19: I spent the weekend at my sister's and didn't take this book with me. I am reading about slaughterhouses and how big companies like IBP blackmail states like NE into giving them huge tax breaks and then move anyway.

April 20: Last night I read about Kenny. It just about broke my heart. Here is a man who was very loyal to his employer and they treated him like dirt. Too often big coporations do things like this and then have the nerve to whine that employees aren't loyal. I hope to finish this book in the next couple days.

April 22: I am 11 pages from the end of the Afterward. I haven't sworn off meat or fast food (never been a big eater of fast food anyway) but I will be more selective and will probably even eat less of it.

Journal Entry 79 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Friday, April 23, 2010
WOW! I have been educated.

I don't even know where to begin. The book shows things many of us would probably rather not think about.

I am very glad I read this book and it will probably affect my buying habits. I have avaoided Jack in the Box like the plague but maybe I shouldn't have been.

I may start paying the higher cost for organic grasslands beef.

Much to think about and decide what actions to take.

Thank you for including me and thank you for having so much patiences.

Journal Entry 80 by NMReader at Herndon, Virginia USA on Friday, April 23, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (4/24/2010 UTC) at Herndon, Virginia USA



I will drop at the PO sometime between now (8AM 4/23/10) and tomorrow at noon).

Thanks again

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Your item was delivered at 4:16 PM on April 30, 2010 in PENDLETON, OR 97801.
Delivered, April 30, 2010, 4:16 pm, PENDLETON, OR 97801
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Journal Entry 81 by wingelizardbreathwing from Bella Vista, Arkansas USA on Saturday, May 15, 2010
Received safely home! I'm still in the hospital with our newest little one but when I get home I plan to find a new reader for this well-traveled book!

Released 9 yrs ago (6/23/2010 UTC) at -- By Hand or Post, Ray/ring, Rabck in Mount Vernon, Washington USA


Released at a yard sale in Mount Vernon, WA. Enjoy!

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