Think Local, Think Food

Welcome to our post in which we will discuss the topics of the food movement in the United States. You will be exposed to different viewpoints in the area of local food in the form of written papers by La Sierra University students.

McDonalds and Animal Rights

By: Megan Clark

For decades, Animal rights activists pressed for McDonalds to change their cruel ways and practice more ‘humane’ ways to kill. Many farmers and leaders shot these activists down or didn’t address the subject. Finally, in the early 2000s, McDonalds paved the road for pushing animal farms to take better care of their animals. McDonalds’ animal welfare policies were set up to protect the rights of cattle to make their lives more at ease. Not only did McDonalds make the living conditions for cattle more livable, they also cracked down on egg suppliers. McDonalds gave the farmers 18 months to comply with the new procedures. Although these new practices and such were going to cost more money, McDonalds saw its necessity and supported the welfare of the animals. It may seem like a lot has taken place since the early 2000s but in actuality, these requirements were rather small. Since 2002, no other action in reference to animal welfare has taken place. Chickens and cattle are still being abused before their death. McDonalds says that they are looking into a more humane method of execution called Controlled Atmosphere Killing-killing by replacing oxygen with gas.

Does it all make a difference? Actually, it all does but much more has to be done to promote the animal’s wellbeing. A happier animal is found to have more nutrition and fewer diseases.

Although I believe McDonalds has done right by taking a stand against the abuse of animals for consumption, I do not believe that what they have done is enough. People will shed light on some areas and not the others because, by doing so, it will decrease the profits of the company. If animals were not given steroids, it would take a longer time for them to reach consumption age with not as much meat. But what is the price- A lifetime of pain and misery for the animal? We are not just paying for the happiness of an animal, we are paying for the vitamins that the animal naturally has. If a fast food place such as McDonalds, the number one buyer of beef, simply got its animals from free roam farms, what a difference that would make on society.

Works Cited
Lin, Doris. “McDonald’s and Animal Rights – Background on McDonald’s and Animal Rights.” Animal Rights – Articles and Blog About Animal Rights. Web. 04 May 2010. .
“McDonalds Slammed for Cruelty: News24: World: News.” News24, South Africa’s Premier News Source, Provides Breaking News on National, World, Africa, Sport, Entertainment, Technology & More. Web. 04 May 2010. .
“What’s Wrong with McDonald’s?” M C S P O T L I G H T. Web. 04 May 2010. .

Is Faster Really Better? By: Brandon Pardosi

Americans have always wanted to pay less for more.  Because of this, Americans health is deteriorating, and we are blaming the food, when the only ones to blame are ourselves. America’s new food culture is at its all time worst.

The Fast food culture has tainted America’s food culture.  It’s not only expanding our dependency on fast food, but our waistlines as well. , Americans spent around $6 billion dollars, which was then, now Americans spend over $110 billion dollars (Americans). Americans now spend more on fast food than anything else! Including education, computers, cars, movies, music, books combined! (Press)

When Americans spend their money on fast food, they spend it on food that looks good. . But foods that look good might differ between fast food lovers and organic food lovers. To organic food lovers, fast food is not even considered food. To fast food lovers, organic food doesn’t look good. . This is a new food ethic, which is emerging quickly, 20 percent per year. This new food ethic will hopefully give Americans the desire to build relationships with our fellow farmers, and through the farmers, the earth.

We need to go back to healthy home cooked meals and stop relying on fast food meals. This terrible food culture is taking a toll on our lives in the long run. Our dependency on fast food will only lead to obesity. 30 percent of children today eat fast food, every single day of the year. 50 percent of children now are obese, you wonder why? (Statistics) We must come back to the food culture of home cooked meals and start eating organic, natural foods and let our local farmer markets be our dependency.

Works Cited

“Americans Are Obsessed with Fast Food: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal – CBS News.” Breaking News Headlines: Business, Entertainment & World News – CBS News. Web. 29 Apr. 2010. <;.

“Press Articles – Rolling Stone 1.” M C S P O T L I G H T. Web. 29 Apr. 2010. <;.

Publishers Get 25 Free Article Reprints. 3 Sept. 2009. Web. 27 May 2010.


“Statistics on Obesity in Children – 3 Very Shocking and Surprising Statistics!” EzineArticles

Submission – Submit Your Best Quality Original Articles For Massive Exposure, Ezine

Slow Food V. Fast Food

By: Raul Gonzalez

In a fast pace world like this there is a demand for everything to get faster, even our food. I have constantly seen drivers with one hand on the steering wheel and in the other a burger from a fast food restaurant. The drive-thru has become a great invention, which is why restaurants like In-n Out usually only have a drive-thru. Restaurants of this type realize every American has a busy schedule in which they have no time to stop and eat. However is this good for us? Is fast food really better for our health, it may be a solution for our busy schedules but the benefits fast food give us are not the best, we should switch to slow food in order to help our environment, our well being and local economies.

When buying local food you do not only help out local farmers but you help the environment. Average distance food travels are about 1500 to 2500 miles from industrial farms to your dinner table (Bogner). However people argue that the fuel cost is more for a farmer to travel food in his old pickup truck to the market than for an industrial company to transport larger quantities of food (Martin). A team from UC Davis researched and found it to be more harmful for local farmers to grow food, since some of them are not fully educated on how to properly grow crops. A reason we should take into consideration however is that this research might be slightly influenced by the founders. The research also fails to recognize the group of farmers that do properly grow crops and are being eco friendly when transporting them.

Local and slow foods are also making sustainable communities. According to the article found in the ecosmagazine about local food for sustainable communities agriculture is responsible for 20 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions globally, this information was taken by the magazine from the website In this article Sullivan also states we should not look at cities as a consumption space but as a productive area. In my opinion I prefer having a traditional farm in my city than smog coming out of the industrial farm producing cheap and low quality food leaving my city and then coming back after it made a trip almost around the country (Sullivan).

In retrospect switching from fast food to local food is essential to the environment, health and support for local economies. Eating slow food will takes us back to enjoy food as it should be, a time for a family gathering instead of seeing it as necessity that needs to met and do not care how. The slow food movement is something to be considered in order to live a better life in our environment and erase the carbon footprints industrialist are leaving.

Works Cited

Sullivan, Rachel. “LOCAL FOOD FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES.” Ecos 152 (2009):

18-21. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 18 May 2010.

Bogner, Jane. “How far does your food travel before you eat

it?.” valcorecycling (2004): n. pag. Web. 18 May 2010. <;.

Martin, Andrew. “If its fresh and local, Is it always greener?.” New York

Times (2007): n. pag. Web. 18 May 2010. <;.

Fast Food in America

By: Omar Sallehi

Americans haven’t experienced or seen much suffrage throughout its history when compared to other countries around the world. One major thing that Americans do lack or don’t take action upon is the mere 300, 000 deaths which takes place every year due to obesity. Leading the chart right above Australia, Americans show very little or no sign of change. Research statistics shows the obesity trend escalading from the 1960 too today’s society due to the unhealthy eating chooses people are making. Can we Americans make the change by eating less fast food and make better healthier choices? I personally think it’s a possibility and something that needs action taken upon by each and every one of us. We can reek the benefits in many aspects such as: improving our health  by not only better in our health and living longer.

What will change first, Americans or the Corporations that market this food to them? Possibly the corporations; out of all the business’ out there, Subway is one of the only large corporations that is marketing healthy food and a healthy lifestyle. Other companies are slowly adopting this idea of selling healthier food. On the other hand it appears that Americans are starting to realize that their love for fast food is a dangerous relationship. There have been a few lawsuits to fast food companies for marketing their food and the media is really starting to bring up the fact that American waistlines are increasing on a daily basis. Right now, unfortunately, it is a vicious circle – as long as Americans keep eating more and more fast food, the more these companies will keep marketing adults and children and the worse the health of Americans will get. Maybe the government should step in and force lower costs for healthy food and higher costs for junk food, or maybe, like Tobacco in the USA – Americans will wise up to the fact that by consuming these products they are only destroying themselves, and change. I had the answer of my question fast food for me is the sorry fat way to die.


16 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kira Roberts on June 1, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Great illistration use,helps your blog ooze out of the screen with imagry. Great teamwork. The way the different sections flow together make your blog easy to follow.


  2. Posted by Parker Arnold on June 1, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I really like brandon’s section when he talks about how eating home cooked meals with the family is lost. The reason his gives of everyone being on the go and never having time to stop and eat healthy is very true.


  3. All three authors bring up good points about fast food, but how can we as citizens change this whole fast food nation that has taken over America? There are a lot of facts that prove that America has become tainted, but what are the major steps we must take?

    -Erica M. Choi


  4. Posted by Rudy German on June 2, 2010 at 5:16 am

    “To organic food lovers, fast food is not even considered food. To fast food lovers, organic food doesn’t look good”
    i think that is is very true because organic food is nasty to me. what really shocked me was to see that Americans spend more money on fast food rather than in “education, computers, cars, movies, music, books” i guess if americans stop wasting money on ffast food then, and buy other things the economy would be in a much better place…
    But good job Brandon!


  5. I agree with what Megan has stated in her paper. What McDonald’s has done is huge progress, but it’s still not enough and there is so much more that can be done. And like Erica has commented above, how can we do so?

    -Youna Chang


  6. Posted by Alex Alonso on June 2, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Amen Raul! Preach Brother! lets forget Fast-food altogether and go back to Slow food! Me antoja arroz rojo con tacos de papa con horchata fresca! QUE RICO! lets see someone make that better then my mom in a fast food restaurant. haha! good job man! you did great! i like your argument. lets fight those industrialist together.


  7. Posted by Marianne Steverson on June 2, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    It’s true we as Americans need to eat and live better lives, but it’s hard for some people to do. For some, living better means spending more money that they don’t have and that’s why they consume fast food. So what should we do as college students; the ones who don’t go home every weekend and enjoy home cooked food? Also don’t have much money, especially being on a student bugget?


  8. This was a really good blog and it was easy to read. Everything that was written just flowed through and i like how they formatted the blog itself. I also like the different arguments that they made about McDonald’s and the fast food industry. I seriously didn’t know all these things. And i do agree with the people who commented above me. How can we change it? If the authors answered this question i think that they blog will be so much stronger. Good Job guys!!
    -Karen Ong


  9. I read Megan’s post and i thought it was a new way of thinking of the topic. People were mostly concern of their health first before the animals and talk about how fast foods are but it was interesting how Megan focused on the rights of the animals. But what are some ways that we can change it? Soo Jung Rim


  10. These posts find to be quite interesting and unexpected. Regardless of the foods they eat, many citizens face difficult time with health problems, continuously weakening their health quality and causing an inferior condition of health. It’s obviously a major problem that the people with obesity are careless of what they are eating without health concern and simply being dominated by what…… Burgers, Fries, and Sodas…? -O-;;

    -Rick Shim


  11. Posted by Stephanie Hardyway on June 5, 2010 at 7:19 am

    I really like Brandon’s section in this blog. I feel like the reasons he gives to back up his argument are very good and at the same time true. This was a great paper.

    -Stephanie Hardyway


  12. Posted by hildaway on June 6, 2010 at 4:40 am

    i liked that each author talked about different things but somehow they were all related to each other. Dinner traditions are lost, and animal cruelty is a big issue now. I really enjoyed reading all these papers especially yours megan because i’m such an animal activist so i’m glad you pointed out the nasty side to what people get in their ‘happy meals.’ And you are right it is not enough. There is so much more that can till be done to protect our animals, and our food. Good job everybody 😀


  13. Posted by sunhee han on June 7, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Awesome guys ! really enjoyed reading this post! This post motivated me to eat healthy. this post was very informative. good job ~!


  14. I never think about this topic in this way. Megan fights for the animal, and try to speak for them.
    I always think about myself. And only care about my stomach. What can we do for the animals.
    Mark Lin


  15. in theses essay they all have a very good point pretty much just think before you eat. and i really like that we should all think about what we are eating before we eat. to make us more conquences of our health . and i really like that. i give all thesepost a thumbs UP!!!!

    Ashley hawkins


  16. Is fast food is really better?
    i think that this article is great it has a lot of research that was well presented and i felt that reading this was good for me because I’m always on the road , and fast food is always tempting. Yes obesity is a big issue in america today, we just have to take better care of ourselves. Thank you for this article.



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