The video shows why McDonald Fries are addictive just like drugs and extremely harmful.
Michael Pollan, an Author, journalist food activist and journalism professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism did this research. His research focuses on the industrial food chain.
He emphasizes on the importance of cooking to improve family health and build communities. Cooking is simple and an important step that can help fix the broken food system we are experiencing now. It could also hopefully or most importantly break the growing dependence we have on corporations.
According to this video, he shows us how McDonald’s insists on the Russet Burbank potatoes for its fries. This type of potato is found in America and is unusually long but difficult to grow. The potatoes they purchase should have no blemishes and this is difficult for the farmers since potatoes commonly suffer from Net Necrosis, a disease that causes unwanted lines and spots on the potatoes.
Farmers therefore use methamidophos (Monitor), a pesticide “that is so toxic that the farmers who grow these potatoes in Idaho won’t venture outside and into their fields for five days after they spray.”
When the potatoes are ready for harvest, McDonald’s put them in giant atmospheric controlled sheds that are the size of football stadiums. This is because the potatoes are not edible for about six weeks. “They have to off gas all the chemicals in them.”
After watching this video, you may never eat at McDonalds again and it may not be a bad thing.
Studies have shown how pesticides, GMOs and other factors surrounding us daily are harmful to our health. Cancer rates are also on the rise due to the same factors. We have to make better choices with our lives and making connections from what is presented to us is a huge step towards this.
May be it’s time we questioned why fast foods are so addictive and extremely harmful just like drugs.