Tagged: McDonalds

Newt Gingrich Supports Child Labor For Poor Children

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I was disturbed to find out Republican presidential nominee Newt Gingrich recently made this statement and there were Black people who agreed:

“‘Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and nobody around them who works,’ Gingrich replied. ‘So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash,’ unless it’s illegal.'” –latimes.com

Firstly, this is already happening and we should not pretend it’s not. Corporations still regularly violate child labor laws. See: VIDEO: The Harvest/La Cosecha Tells The Story Of The Children Who Feed America

No, people should not deliver even more children to the capitalist machine because we tried that and some of them died, as they are still dying, being abused and exploited, getting sick, and suffering from a low life expectancy overseas in factories making goods to be sold to people like us in places like Walmart. Continue reading

New York Area McDonald’s To Automatically Offer Fruit In All Happy Meals

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Starting today all McDonald’s in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will offer fruit automatically in their Happy Meals as a part of McDonald’s new “Commitments to Offer Improved Nutrition Choice”. The initiative is supposed to “help” customers make more nutrition minded choices but I’d say if you chose to go to McDonald’s the first thought on your mind wasn’t nutrition. Continue reading

Should You be Eating Broccoli For Desert?

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Photo Credit: “I couldn’t build a tree house for my son, so I built him a broccoli house instead.” by Brock Davis

Sounds crazy? Who would eat broccoli for desert anyway? Well, I’m not advocating that you do that I just want to share a story.

One day a coworker was telling me about her daughter who spent the day with another relative acting as babysitter. When my coworker asked her daughter what she did all day and if she had fun the little girl replied: Continue reading

McDonald’s “Improves” Happy Meals, Meals Still Unhealthy

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McDonald’s announced they would be adding a quarter cup or half serving of apple slices to all happy meals, as well as reducing the portion of fries to 1.1 ounces in an effort to “help kids make healthier choices.” They will also be introducing fat free chocolate milk as opposed to the low fat milk they currently have. The fast food chain’s senior director of nutrition said the changes were a response to customer demand.

McDonald’s claims to “help kids make healthier choices”, but most of these changes will be “automatic”. Where’s the choice in that? Research shows most people stick with the default and the logic is supposed to be that now the default is “healthier”.

Everything else is your choice:
* Hamburger, Cheeseburger, or Chicken McNuggets.
* “Beverage, including new fat-free chocolate milk and 1% low fat white milk”

The change in the meal still leaves many feeling not so happy. For starters, smaller portions of fries and a few apple slices does not make a “healthy” meal when some, if not all, of McDonald’s food is genetically modified, factory-farmed and laced with sugar and sodium. The 1% low fat white milk is still a choice and maybe that’s just as well since anything other than of a cup of ice will be an unhealthy choice anyway as a beverage at McDonald’s…and even then you still have to be concerned about this.

Changes to the adult McDonald’s menu to sugar, sodium, and saturated fats won’t go into full effect for another five to ten years. You’ll have to make healthier choices without help from McDonald’s till then.