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Fast Food Nation

Fast Food Nationby Eric Schlosser

Be prepared to never eat beef again. For us Southerners who eat chicken morning, noon and night, maybe not such a big deal and thankfully we are given a pass on the ins and outs of the dark side of the chicken industry but for beef lovers out there this book takes on the stomach churning journey of what has happened to America's beef industry. It's not a pretty picture. In fact it's a sad, sad tale of what happens to wonderful beginnings that take a turn into the land of corporate greed, animal cruelty and human degradation.

This book also covers the birth of McDonald's and it's rise to stardom and shall we say it's own over sucess? Makes me happy we have folks like White Oak Pastures around. That's beef we can all be proud of.

The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition

The Small-Mart Revolutionby Michael H Shuman

Putting the salacious title aside, this book actually lays out the argument for the need to start restructuring our economy back to a more community driven model. This is not a book that spends a great deal of paper and ink trahsing Wal-Mart or all the other big box retailers. Instead it makes the assertion for why we need to support more local businesses and how that support creates a vital, more recession tolerant business environment, a higher standar of living for workers and a more active community.

It does go on in the middle of the book obsessivley about a chicken co-op in Maryland but well worth the read. You can always skip the chickens if you want.

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