So since no one else will read this book, I really have no place to discuss any parts of it. This will have to temporarily suffice to get my feelings out until I force (feed) someone else to read it. If you are squeemish and like to eat meat, stop reading this now. Seriously! I don't want to be responsible for ruining your hamburger this evening. You see, Maggie swore to me that I would still be able to eat at McDonald's after I read Fast Food Nation. And I can...err...sort of. The problem is that I'm having a really hard time eating anything at all after reading this book. Or at least having a hard time ENJOYING what I choke down. Why? Because Rachel's mind did a terrible thing. It took a few sentences in the book and extrapolated what was intended to be for just ground beef to ALL foods. Not a good thing. Here were the two sentences in the book that really did me in.
On page 197: "The medical literature on the causes of food poisoning is full of euphemisms and dry scientific terms: coliform levels, aerobic plate counts, sorbitol, MacConkey agar, and so on. Behind them lies a simple explanation for why eating a hamburger can now make you seriously ill: There is shit in the meat."AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!! I didn't particularly enjoy the description of how it takes quite the skilled hand to degut the cow without spilling any intestinal/stomach contents into the meat, either. Anyway, I ate some sausage the other day and I just couldn't get into it. I actually gave most of it to Mr. Trash. Didn't even give it to Shelby. Next:
pg 204 "A single fast food hamburger now contains meat from dozens or even hundreds of differnet cattle."So essentially when I eat a burger now, in my mind I'm picturing a living cow that is divided up into 1 inch square sections and each section is a different colour or texture or something. And throughout the tiled cow, there are icky disease-laided whelps, warts, etc. that would afflict the skin. Then the cow sort of melts and looks even more mutilated. Yeah, I know this is not a normal reaction to have. Fact is, that sentence is much grossness! Having said all of this, the breakfast burrito at Sonic that contains sausage is pretty darn good. And cheap.