The Golden Arches are now more widely recognized than the Christian cross.— Eric Schlosser
Jaw-dropping Fast Food Nation quotations
The history of the twentieth century was dominated by the struggle against totalitarian systems of state power. The twenty-first will no doubt be marked by a struggle to curtail excessive corporate power.
Right afterward I read Fast Food Nation. That book changed my life: It made me a vegetarian.
Fast food is popular because it's convenient, it's cheap, and it tastes good.
But the real cost of eating fast food never appears on the menu.
Mr. Speaker, less than 10 percent of our Nation's children walk or ride their bicycles to school, and too many schools continue to invite fast-food vendors into their cafeterias.
A generation ago, three-quarters of the money used to buy food in the United States was spent to prepare meals at home. Today about half of the money used to buy food is spent at restaurants--mainly at fast food restaurants.
Fast Food Nation was boring and aimed at yuppies, and yuppies don't eat fast food.
The organization cannot trust the individual; the individual must trust the organization.
The United States now has more prison inmates than full-time farmers.
Twenty years ago, teenage boys in the United States drank twice as much milk as soda; now they drink twice as much soda as milk.
It was very interesting [book Fast Food Nation] because all my friends who were in college, [and] this book became almost mandatory for them to read.
Doing this movie [Fast Food Nation] made me realize that our bodies are digesting things that it's not meant to digest. It's pretty bad for you. The cast is [now] very, very aware of where we get our food and what we put in our bodies.
I actually didn't read the book [Fast Food Nation].
I wasn't aware of it. But when I read the script, I thought "Wow." It became a project that was just so exciting to be a part of. Maybe a few times in a career [you] get a chance for a role that really means something, and this was it.
Those of us who think about what we eat, how it's grown, those of us who care about the environmental impact of food - we've been educated by fabulous books, like Fast Food Nation and documentaries like Food Inc. But despite these and other great projects that shine a critical light on the topic, every year the food industry spends literally tens of millions of dollars to shape the public conversation about our food system.
The problem with living in a fast-food nation is that we expect food to be cheap.
Today the U.S. government can demand the nation-wide recall of defective softball bats, sneakers, stuffed animals, and foam-rubber toy cows. But it cannot order a meatpacking company to remove contaminated, potentially lethal ground beef from fast food kitchens and supermarket shelves.