WASHINGTON, DC—Though insisting that she had been meaning to read Eric Schlosser's book Fast Food Nation ever since it was published in 2001, Secretary Of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman finally got around to doing so just this month. "Wow, I had no idea that commercial beef ranches packed so many head of cattle into such a small space," Veneman said Tuesday. "It's disgusting! And all that about the flavoring from animal products being used to make McDonald's french fries—that was a real eye-opener. Mark my words, something must be done." Veneman vowed that, upon completing Fast Food Nation, she will immediately go out and buy Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.