BOOK REVIEW: Supersized: Strange Tales from a Fast-Food Culture

Supersized is a graphic novel tie-in with the documentary film “Super Size Me.” It panders a bit to the teen set by filling many pages with behind-the-kitchen-door “gross out” stories about what happens when foreign objects and bodily fluids make their way into mass-produced meals. Ok, icky, fair enough, but those stories don’t really sway me. The two times I’ve found strange objects in my food (a small rock and part of a Brillo pad), it’s happened at small, privately owned eateries. What interests me, far more, is the reality of the industrial farming practices required to produce cheap burgers and chicken nuggets on a massive scale. A section titled “Your friend the factory farm” mocks the old meat industry classroom propaganda films. The creators don’t gloss over the fact of systemic cruelty at factory farms. The presentation is really outstanding: Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Those in the animal welfare communities will recognize these illustrations as being copied from actual photos. The manner in which factory farming’s rule of cutting corners endangers human health is also depicted: Photobucket

If that’s not convincing enough, we are reminded once again that we’re “all made of meat.” We learn from a young man who works in a funeral home that the corpse of an obese man in the crematorium smelled just like the inside of a McDs. 

Hungry yet?

(This review originally appeared at goodreads.com)

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