You know how some people can take what’s seemingly garbage and make pretty things out of them? Yeah, artist Yuken Teruya is one of those people. The artist took a take-out bag from McDonald’s (an item which I imagine millions of are tossed each day) and sculpted some unbelievably beautiful trees out of them. Using the bag’s bright coloring for the tree, the bag itself is used as a frame for the sculptures.
Beef Products Inc (most utilitarian name ever, I think), maker of the “pink slime” beef product, are throttling back production and closing three of their four plants. The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based company said Monday it is suspending operations at plants in Texas, Kansas and Iowa.
The beef product is made from fatty bits of otherwise unusable cuts of meat. The bits are heated and spun to remove most of the fat, and the lean mix then is compressed into blocks and exposed to ammonium hydroxide gas to kill bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella. I don’t know about you but I know when I think about what’s missing from my meat, ammonium hydroxide gas is the first thing that springs to mind. The result is a product that’s been used for years and meets all federal food safety standards. It is as much as 97 percent lean. Yum – beef product. Critics call the product an unappetizing example of industrialized food production and dub it “pink slime.”
This pink goo recently came to light and after the fallout McDonald’s has stopped using the product and the FDA says schools may opt out of using the heavily processed beef.
The company has acknowledged that recent public uproar has cost the company much of its business. Operations have also been reduced at the South Sioux City plant, and company officials said more than 650 people are affected by the shutdowns.
I’m not trying to hate on McDonald’s. It’s just that they’re making it so easy the past few days. Try traveling cross-country and avoiding going into a McDonald’s. Most likely you’ll starve to death. Also, I’d invite you to ask for a hot tea anywhere in the middle of the United States at any McDonald’s. The blank-deer-in-the-headlights-stare is priceless. “How do I do that? I need to get a manager, hang on.” Mind you, this requires filling a cup with hot water and handing the patron a tea bag. That’s it. Three separate occasions I was met with the same response. Like I had asked for blood transfusion. That’s my McDonald’s story. Utter incompetence. I waited for 10 minutes in one store while three people, including a manager, worked on this arduous task. They finally just gave me a coffee and offered no apology or explanation. Because that’s what I was looking for. Thanks!
Unfortunately, again, for McDonald’s, Twitter has backfired into their lap. McDonald’s last week launched a campaign featuring paid-for tweets, which would appear at the top of search results. Nothing particularly odd about that. Paid for Twitter hashtags are the norm for companies doing marketing campaigns. An initial hashtag #MeetTheFarmers, featured wholesome stories about farmers. That one is still up and running. The global chain then sent out two tweets with the general hashtag #McDStories. That’s where the story goes sideways for the fast food giant. Continue reading
So McDonald’s may not be the most stellar company on earth. Sure they serve some mind-bendingly unhealthy food. Sure they help to promote obesity, poor diet, and unhealthy eating for corporate profit. Just ask Morgan Spurlock. His Super-Size Me documentary did more to shed some light on the unhealthy diet and eating habits of many Americans and how McDonald’s plays a big role in that. Continue reading