The Founding Fathers
Your Trusted Friends
Behind the Counter
Why the Fries Taste Good
On the Range
Cogs in the Great Machine
The Most Dangerous Job
What's in the Meat
Suggested Discussion Questions
STUDY QUESTIONS FOR PART I
- In 1970, Americans spent $6 billion on fast food and $110 billion in 2001. How much money was spent in 2008?
- Other than what is mentioned in Fast Food Nation, what is an example of how the fast food industry is driven by fundamental changes in American society?
- Other than what is mentioned in Fast Food Nation, what is an example of what can happen when important matters of public policy are abandoned by government to the self interests of corporations?
- Outside of the fast food industry, what is an example of how powerful selling to children can be?
STUDY QUESTIONS FOR PART II
- Describe the meatpacking industry at the turn of the 20th century, mid-20th century, and late 20th-early 21st centuries. Contrast the industry during each of these time periods.
- Where the ingredients of a McDonald's hamburger comes from, what is actually in the hamburgers, how they are processed, cooked, and served.
- What is it like working at a fast-food restaurant like McDonalds? Describe the working conditions, nature of the job, longevity, promotion possibilities, etc.
- Describe the significance of meatpacking plants being located in remote, rural area versus urban areas. Also, contrast working in a union versus non-union meatpacking facility. Also, what it is like being a poultry grower today versus being a poultry grower in the past?
- Describe the role of government in the meat and poultry industries.
- Describe why the number of food poisoning cases has increased in recent years. Also, what is it prevalence, especially among children?