Fast Food Permeates the South
I can understand a high concentration of fast food establishments in locals that depend on tourism so Orlando, Miami and Tampa you get a pass. Jacksonville, not so fast. Shame also cloaks the Texas cities of Lubbock, Plano and Houston. In Alabama, Birmingham (#10) and Montgomery (#15) as well as Baton Rouge, LA (#7) also bring a dishonor to themselves. Congratulations to Mississippi who didn’t have a single city scratch the list, the same for tourist heavy New Orleans and Mobile.
As a resident of Alabama I have taken great pride in the back-to-back football national championships and Heisman Trophy winners won by the student athletes at the University of Alabama (2009) and Auburn University (2010). But I am equally embarrassed that Birmingham and Montgomery are in the top 15. In Birmingham there are 73 fast food “restaurants” for every 100,000 residents and Montgomery has 62 per 100K.
This is so disheartening to me. America, and the Third Coast especially, have no reason to be in such a hurry. 20% of us don’t even have jobs so clearly we have time to make a sandwich. I am not saying that we abandon them altogether but we must exercise moderation. We owe ourselves better.
It’s hard to see the draw of fast food anymore. The two things fast food offered – speed and convenience – went away decades ago. As has actual food at many of them. Taco Bell was recently under fire for using unapproved genetically modified material in their taco shells and for only having 80% beef in their 100% beef taco filling. Well Taco Bell has admitted 80% but independent labs have found that the number is closer to 36%. Virtually everything you buy at McDonald’s and Burger King is more corn than whatever they call it – according to The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan it was revealed that the Chicken McNugget is actually 56% genetically modified corn.
And just so you know, genetically modified corn is not real corn. GM corn has proven to be the source of two decades worth of e coli outbreaks. GM corn, in the form of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), is also the root cause of the nation’s obesity epidemic as well as the increase in liver disease, pancreatic cancer and type 2 diabetes. In this era of corrupt government it should come as no surprise that Monsanto, the company that invented GM corn, has purchased itself a rather large office space in Washington – they call it the USDA.
Think about that the next time you duck into the drive-thru. I’m not saying don’t order, just think about it. Here’s another short video from our pals Burger and Soda: