Thursday, October 27, 2005


DO YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW?


According to the McDonald's PR, out of sheer integrity (we can't stand keeping the consumer in the dark even one second longer than 50 years!) the burgermonger is at last going to tell its customers exactly what they're eating, right on the wrapper. I kind of doubt it, though.

Surely they're not going to say that this very quarter-pounder you're about to add to your body comes from cattle raised on factory farms where the animals have been weaned on cow blood, injected or medicated with antibiotics and growth and other hormones and fed genetically engineered corn, soybeans and cotton seeds laced with slaughterhouse waste and tainted animal fats while standing and sleeping in their own waste for two years?

I don't think that'll wrap the Mac. The wrapper will say in tiny letters (that no hungry scarfer will ever pause to read) scientific-sounding stuff like: Big Mac Calories: 560, Carbohydrate: 47g, Total fat: 30g, Saturated fat: 10g, Salt: 1.3g...

What the labels should say in big red letters all over the place is simply "Believe us, you don't want to know."

OCA

4 comments:

Dalene said...

Sadly, your big red letters apply to most anything dealing with reality and truth these days, be it in relation to food or politics or religion or..or..or...the list goes on. Believe them, they do not care or want to know. Sometimes I can depress myself with my cynicism, I think I just did, if I depressed you, I apologize. Thanks Dalene.

On an exceedingly more inspiring note, I just received, yea!, my copy of Granny D. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your introduction to her here at your blog, she is a phenomenally interesting wise woman.

Robert Brady said...

Isn't she though? She's one of my heroes. Did you download her radio shows I linked to in that post?

As to cynicism, it has its place; useful for brief visits, you just don't want to live there.

(Regarding the big red letters, I sometimes overstate the case to achieve a bit more oomph.)

Dalene said...

The big red letters looked quite normal to me -- Given the state of national and world events, oh, especially these last 5 going on 6 years, I tend to think in big red letters regularly.

Granny D gives me great longing for a time when we were more tribe-like and our elders were the ones who guided us, and comforted us, with their wisdom and long sight. We could seek them out in times when counsel was needed, and heed their well worn experiences as guidance for the path in front of us.

No, I had to miss out on hearing her voice, my present computer has no sound. But I can hear her in her written words, she has a distinctive voice. :)

Indigo said...

It gives Karma real "meat" doesn't it? I tried being a vegetarian out of a sense of moral responsibility (Buddhism, you know) for years, but I couldn't get off burgers and pepperoni on my pizza. Then I started learning about how the food industry is run, especially meat production. I am now a completely organic, refusing even to eat in most restaurants, and the only meat I eat is free-range chicken. Sometimes we need instant karma to get us to do the right thing.