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Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food

Elementary, Middle


This version of "Fast Food Nation" aimed at young readers is a compilation of fascinating and alarming information about the remarkable rise of fast food in North American culture.  Details are provided about the history of fast food, environmental problems caused by large scale meat production facilities, and some of the more gruesome aspects of the food itself.  The book is as explicit as it is informative and will definitely cause young people to think again before chomping down on their next favourite fast food meal.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This book would support any science/health unit that is exploring the issue of food sustainability.  A class could undertake a school action project with a "buy local" food theme.  Students could be encouraged to bring a lunch from home and donate the funds they would normally spend on a fast food lunch to the local food bank or a conservation organization.  The book also describes the social injustices of fast food in America.  Students could compare and contrast working conditions in the fast food industry between the US and Canada and prepare a media campaign that informs peers about their rights as workers.

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Themes Addressed

Citizenship (2)

  • Media
  • Sustainable Consumption

Economics (2)

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Globalization

Human Health & Environment (1)

  • Environmental Contaminants & Health Hazards

Human Rights (1)

  • Social Justice