It is not a surprise that fast food has become a way of life in America. Every day about a quarter of the adult population n United States visits the fast food restaurant. Every month about 90 percent of children aged 3-9 visit McDonald's. According to Schlosser, Americans spent more than $110 billion a year on the fast food. In his book "Fast Food Nation" Eric Schlosser is not chiefly interested in the consumption of fast food, but his primary objective is to explore manufacturing starting with the unemployment. His book deals with United States politics and raises many social issues.
It has been estimated that one out of eight workers at some point of their career worked at McDonald's.
Schlosser makes a statement that fast food has changed the society and popular culture. He strongly believes that this industry is exploiting teenagers and minorities. Who is guilty? Is it executives? Schlosser says that "the executives who run the fast food industry are not bad men. They are businessmen. They will sell free-range, organic, grass-fed hamburgers if you demand it. They will sell whatever sells at a profit ." The social position of service workers is of primary importance for the author in trying to inform the reader about negative sides of the fast food industry. In 1998, according to "Fast Food Nation", "more restaurant workers were murdered on the job in the United States than police officers." Fast food industry often hires young, poor and disabled not because it is such a good industry, but because it gains government subsidies for training. The author tells the reader about how industry has fought unions and how it does benefit from hiring teenagers. The author continues that US teens are injured on the job twice the rate of adult workers. The jobs are kept mechanized to be able to change cheap workforce quickly instead of hiring well-trained and informed specialist who might demand insurance and higher wages.