Fast Food Nation

The final remains of one out of every nine americans

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Unformatted text preview: ture. Nevertheless, even Lord Haskins proposed a shift of EU agricultural policy in October of 2001, arguing that subsidies should be awarded to farms whose production methods do not harm the environment. The German government has taken the lead on this issue in the EU, calling for the de-industrialization of agriculture and planning to make 20 percent of its farmland organic by the year 2010. “Things will no longer be the way they are,” declared Renate Kuenast, who serves as the German minister for agriculture — and for consumer protection. Kuenast says that Germans must develop the same reverence for their food that they’ve always had for their beer. Under a German law that dates back to the early sixteenth century, no additives can be put into beer, which must be made using only water, hops, and barley. Vowing to outlaw the use of antibiotics and other additives in animal feed, Kuenast offers a revolutionary alternative: “Our cows should get only water, grain, and grass.” Future historians, I hope, will consider the American fast food industry a relic of...
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