Yes, this book has an agenda, but it’s not what you might have guessed. The main theme is not how fast food is so bad for you (although that is mentioned), but rather how the business practices of mega-corporations–as exemplified by the fast food industry–are bad for everybody: farmers, workers, consumers. I think Schlosser makes quite a convincing argument, especially when he ties in the appalling workplace conditions at slaughterhouses to the safety of the meat you eat (believe me, I’m glad I decided long ago to give up beef). And he exhorts all of us to action, by demonstrating how consumer pressure on big corporations like McDonald’s can result in positive change that years of government regulation couldn’t bring about.
I’m happier when I don’t eat fast food. I like my food to taste like something, and I want it to be good for me too. In this book, Schlosser has just given me a myriad more reasons to avoid the stuff.