“…Yesterday in Oak Brook, Illinois the world’s most well-recognized purveyor of unhealthy food held its annual shareholders’ meeting.
Usually a forum to showcase profits made at the expense of the public’s health – food advocates and health professionals gave the burger giant’s dog and pony show pause.
For a second straight year shareholders voted on a resolution requiring McDonald’s to publicly assess its impacts on the nation’s health.
The resulting report would, no doubt, be damning.
After all, no fast food corporation sells more high-fat, -salt, -sugar, and -calorie junk food worldwide.
No fast food corporation spends more marketing its unhealthy offerings.
And perhaps no food corporation has had a greater impact on how we eat or how food is grown.
As Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser puts it: even if you don’t eat McDonald’s-style fast food “you’re eating food produced by the same system.”
In other words, McDonald’s, as the nation’s leading purchaser of staples like beef, pork, and potatoes -
- isn’t just putting unhealthy food on plastic trays -
- it’s shaping the unhealthy methods by which its produced.
Factory farms – the overuse of pesticides – you name it -
– McDonald’s is in some way behind it -
- including the harm to animals – our drinking water – the environment – and our health -
- an externality…”
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