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Design and Society Spring 2005 Fast Food Nation and Predatory Capitalism Carol Hasenberg Fast Food Industry – the Players Agriculture/Food Processing Employees Fast Food Employees Farmers Unions Franchisees Suppliers American Cities School Systems Fast Food Chains Congress

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Design and SocietySpring 2005

Fast Food Nation and Predatory Capitalism

Carol Hasenberg


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Fast Food Industry – the Players

Agriculture/Food Processing Employees

Fast Food Employees

Farmers

Unions

Franchisees

Suppliers

American Cities

School Systems

Fast Food Chains

Congress

Television Industry

Conventional Restaurants

Advertising Industry

American Children

American Adult Consumers

Other Industries

Global Consumers


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Fast Food Industry – Employee Issues

Low Wages, No Benefits, Little Respect or Creative Challenges

High Crime Rate

High Turnover Rate

Fast Food Employees

Little or No Training

Big Employee Training Tax Credit Given for Little to No Training

High Percentage of Failed Businesses

Unions are Routinely Bought Off or Discouraged

Franchisees

Unions

Highly Restrictive Agreements with Franchisees

Anti-union congresses

Fast Food Chains

Congress

Congressional Members are Dependent on Big Business Contributions


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Fast Food Industry – Consumer Issues

Sprawl, Waste, Homogenization, Disconnect with the Natural World

Does Little to Protect School Children from Fast Food and Advertising

American Cities

Fast Food Chains

Consumers can have a Strong Impact on the Behavior of these Industries with their Buying Habits

Congress

Television Industry

“Kids” shows/ Networks feature Ads for Fast Food Products

School Systems

Advertising Industry

American Adult Consumers

American Children

Several Countries have Banned Advertisements to Children

Health: Obesity, Nutrition, Disease

Perniciously Manipulated by Advertisers

Perennially underfunded/ top heavy school systems look to advertisers for money

Importation of Whole Fast Food System into Susceptible Countries

Several Countries have Actively Discouraged Fast Food Corporations

Global Consumers


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Fast Food Industry – Supplier Issues

High Drug and Crime Rates amongst Employees

Abyssmal Working Conditions, predation on Illegal Immigrants

Agriculture/Food Processing Employees

Poor Quality Control in the Meat Product – Disease and Toxicity

Farmers

Buy from the Cheapest Suppliers

Suppliers

Running Family Farmers out of Business in Favor of Easily Controlled Share-cropper style Farming

Failure to Address Immigration Issues, Loss of Family Farms, Meat Inspection

Fast Food Chains

Congress

Major Portions of the Food Service Industry and Food Supply Industry are Run by a Few Corporations

Conventional Restaurants

Difficult Success Environment – Still, some Fast Food and Conventional Restaurants actually act More Responsibly and Enjoy Success – In-n-Out Burger

Other Industries

Success of the Fast Food Industry sets a Bad Example for other Industries


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