“Fast food is a symbol of the decline of civilization. It solidifies the journey we have made to separate ourselves from a connection to food and family, history and culture. It symbolizes all that is bad with the way food is viewed, what keeps us alive and provides our bodies with fuel we should not take so flip.” Chef Jimmy Bradley.
I like the way he put it. I was just going to say- “Fast food is bad!”…”It’s killing you”, or “it makes you smell weird”. I like sensational statements. But we could get technical. Fast food is to the food industry what WalMart is to the retail industry. It shuts out the competition, the good wholesome competition, with lower prices, and less quality products.
They are whirlwinds of destruction, leaving innocent casualties in their wake. Perhaps that was a little dramatic. But you try telling Mom & Pop restaurants and marts, now establishments of the yonder years, that WalMart and McDonald’s are great for their community. I don’t think they or the more food and business conscious citizens would agree with that.
Think about your community, did it ever benefit from having chain corporations take over businesses and unique, homey, and ethnic restaurants? Sure things may be cheaper, and that matters to some, but in the long run, it hurts culture. Establishments in a community reflect the community, with WalMart and McDonald’s (just examples), they reflect their own corporational culture.
I don’t think the ideology of faster being better in the food industry has ever held much substance. But then, neither does the food they offer.