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Topic 2 “You are what you eat.” Is a common phrase that is usually interpreted as an individual’s diet. For example, eat too much bacon strips and you’ll end up looking like Porky the Pig. In “Fast Food Nation”, Eric Scholsser interprets the quote differently. When the fast food industry boomed, there was a lot of competition going on in between the major fast food companies. They resorted to shady business tactics such as franchising. People are always on the lookout to earn the big bucks quick while taking huge risks. This is where the different interpretation lies. Beef patties. Just in case anyone was wondering , beef patties are a mixture of grinded leftovers from a slaughtered cow, in which they were under control of their owners. This is much like franchising in the fast food industry. A franchise is where a major fast food company sells their brand and supplies to an independent owners and share profits from each other. If all goes well, the company gains coverage for their brand while the independent owner gets rich off of the brand. When things go wrong though, as
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