Chapter 6x - DCHSAPLangCompJGM

By: Luke Atherton, Bobby Glenn, and
Cameron Quisenberry
Schlosser is trying to show how the mass
development of urbanization in rural areas is
causing many farmers and ranchers to lose
much of their land that they use for raising
Schlosser proves the meatpacking industry is
corrupted in the sense that the hard-working
people who raise the cattle and chickens are
being cheated out of their money.
The corruption of meatpacking companies is
causing many farmers to lose their job and
major source of income if they try to lash out
against the company.
The urban development over rural areas causes
many farmers/ranchers to lose their valuable
farming property.
The suicide rate of farmers/ranchers is three
times the national average.
The author successfully proved his points in
this chapter. The cruelty of meatpacking
companies was proven by providing examples
of how farmers/ranchers have been treated
when they try to testify against a large
Schlosser analyzes the prices that ranchers are
paid for their cattle and discover that the prices
are amazingly low.
In the beginning of the chapter, Schlosser meets
with a rancher named Hank who lives in
Colorado. Hank shows the author how his
property is slowly diminishing and being taken
over by urban development. At the end of the
chapter, Schlosser discovers that Hank
committed suicide. Hank was under a lot of
stress, mainly because he was trying to find a
way to protect his family financially from the
miniscule cattle prices. Also, El Paso County
was trying to build a highway right through
Hank’s ranch.
Hank’s suffering shows that the lowering cattle
prices, as well as the urban development in
rural areas, causes farmers/ranchers to be put
in difficult economic situations. The monopoly
power of meatpacking industries is proving to
be costly and cruel on the people who are
producing the animals for the meatpacking
Schlosser may be in favor of the landowners
and farmers, but his evidence and reasoning is
legitimate. He uses specific cases, like Hank,
and backs up his claims that show the
monopoly power of meatpacking industries
and the impact of people who lose rural
property because of the urban development
constructed around them.
Fast Food Nation was published in 2001,
meaning the material covered throughout the
book is still relevant today. The book material
is related to fast food chains and how they are
part of the main cause of the monopoly power
of meatpacking industries. Companies like
Tyson and ConAgra changed their methods of
meat-cutting to meet the demands of fast food
chains like Mcdonald’s. The meatpacking
industries have hardly changed since the book
was published.

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