Corruption In America today
Government and corruption go hand in hand in today's world. This is most prevalent in the United States government agencies and the fast food industry. Officials from the FDA, EPA and USDA are often offered high powered and high paying jobs with companies that they were assigned to oversee as a government official. When big fast food corporations are needing to pad their bottom line, they can easily influence these underpaid, overworked government officials. The officials, in turn, can make sure that inspections are not as stringent as the regulations permit.
Fast food Corruption
In America today there is a "double-edged sword" with the fast food industry. There is where Americans are consuming this food that is a "ticking time bomb" to your bodies and you and the consumer don't know what your putting into your body, and where legislation doesn't have to tell you what is all in your food or give you the who, what, where, and when your food is made, processed, cooked, or how long it has been around of if it has gone bad or not. These companies can sell what ever kind of food to who or whom ever they choose and as long as the food meets the standers of the local, state legislation. On the other side of the sword you have what is being done with the political side of America. Where the ties to congress with these big companies are strong enough that these so called government agencies that in place to help the American public can't do anything because these so called neutral congressmen and women vote against these the changes that government agencies like the "FDA" try to enforce.
Fast food in 1880-1920
The fast food industry started in 1902 when a small company called Horn and Hodart opened the first food vending machine or Automat as they were called back then.
In 1912 Horn and Hodart become the first food chain in the US by opening an Automat in Manhattan.
In 1916, the first low-cost limited menu high-speed hamburger restaurant called White Castle in Wichita KS.
In 1919, A&W Root Beer becomes first chain to start drive-in by installing road side stalls.
During the industrial era fast food was new to the world and so all of the companies were small and where not known very well and there where only a few restaurants. So corruption was not a thought in anybodies mind and people did not think that corruption would come to be.
The above video describes the lack of enforcement of policies against big fast food franchises. This corrupted system has lead to the death of Americans.
Relation to Fast food nation
Corruption is a topic of discussion in the book Fast Food Nation. In the chapter Behind the Counter the author talks all about how the fast food industry and the government is corrupt in today's world.
Quotes from FFN
” attempts to end these federal subsidies have been strenuously opposed by the National Council of Chain Resturants and it’s allies in Congress (Schlosser 72).”
"CEO’ s and other managers of the restaurant business have close ties in government.
Back when Nixon was president, after some hefty donations to his campaign from Ray Croc, he permitted the McDonald’s company to lower the minimum wage to 20% lower to sixteen and seventeen year olds (Schlosser 37)."
"In the 1980′s a study found that the Small Business Administration, formed to finance new restaurants and independent small businesses, was actually eliminating them. They gave out franchise loans, subsidized new franchises for Burger King, and backed them up with loans. When those Burger King franchises defaulted, the franchise didn’t lose money, because American taxpayers covered all the franchise fees. What’s worse is that the SBA still provides capitol to the nations largest corporations (Schlosser 102)."
The above video describes how the government should be enforcing labeling food contents, but the government does not enforce the laws and regulations.
Corruption was not a big deal in the beginning of the fast food industry, but it has grown steadily over the past few years. These fast food companies have started cutting corners to strengthen their profit or line their pockets with money. While this is happening the government is choosing to turn a blind eye. The government is not enforcing these fast food companies to label what is actually in their food or how their food is being processed. Until the American public takes a stand against the government and the fast food industry, these practices will continue as a part of business norm.