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This is a website, created by 7 Morristown high school students who participate in the American Studies Honors Program.
This is our Progressive Era Project we have collaboratively worked on together.
The first unit we covered in American Studies this year was about the corruption of the food industry during the Progressive era, up until present day. We read The Jungle By: Upton Sinclair where we learned about the harsh working conditions that workers had to suffer from, food borne illness along with the treatment of animals. We also learned about the purpose of Unions. We also read Fast Food Nation By: Eric Schlosser We also watched movies such as Food Inc. and Supersize me which further proved how unhealthy fast food is. We also watched sort videos about food additives, preservatives and flavor additives.
Each students has prepared their own page on their own topics that each has chosen.
Obesity is epidemic that is sweeping the nation. With 35.7% of adults being obese and a whopping 66.7% of our population is obese making us the 3rd largest nation. The major factor contributing to our size problem is what we are consuming. Together we have put together this website to better inform the public about the food industry as a whole.
The rise in the fast food industry has been linked to rising cases of obesity. The CDC estimates that 248,000 Americans die prematurely due to obesity and considers obesity as the number two cause of preventable death in the US
Sad cattle and chickens everywhere
The fast food industry has dramatically affected how cattle and chickens are raised, slaughtered, and processed. It also encouraged consolidation in the meatpacking industry, such that there are now only 13 major meatpackers in America. McDonald’s is the largest purchaser of beef and has great influence over meatpacking practices.
fOOD BORNE ILLNESS
The spread of E.coli and mad cow disease are just a few of the dozen examples of food-born pathogens linked to beef. Some meatpackers have considered radiating meat to kill the bacteria in tainted meat. Some scholars also claim hamburger meat may cause Alzheimer’s disease.
See how the fast food industry treats their workers and how a long history of battles between workers, unions and employers has evolved into the way things are for workers today. Get an in-depth look into the way workers are treated in every aspect of the fast food industry today and decide for yourself: Are workers really treated fairly?
wHAT ARE WE EATING?
Dangerous fast food ingredients that have been linked to various cancers and/or obesity includes MSG, trans fat, sodium nitrite, BHA, BHT, propyl gallate, aspartame, Acesulfame-K, Olestra, potassium bromate, and food coloring Blue 1 and 2, Red 3, Green 3, and Yellow 6.f