Why We Actually Need Fast Food

 

If you had to choose between a 4 for $4 at Wendy’s versus a $15+ purchase of groceries to make your own dinner, it’s a good guess you’d rather go the easy way out. For people who can’t afford to buy $300 of food at the store every week, fast food is an easy solution to being able to provide for yourself and/or your family.

With over 322 million people living in the United States, fast food is essential. Easy and cheap, and it’s something. For people who can afford to drop hundreds of dollars at a supermarket for fresh produce, fast food restaurants are sleazy and gross. It’s probably fair that rich people can’t understand that they don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. Wealthier people say “Oh, this is so unhealthy” and that it creates obesity, but a poor person will say, “Thank goodness, something I can afford.”

How are we supposed to feed 300 million people 3 meals a day with fresh fruits and vegetables, proteins and healthy fats? The answer is, we can’t. There are people who can’t even get to that 3-meal-a-day plan. And the meals they can eat? Fast food. It feeds people fast and for cheap.

There’s no conceivable way to get enough land to farm all those vegetables and livestock in a spacious area, unless we want to delete everyone in the South and turn it into strict farmland, which is obviously not going to happen. We have to get used to fast food as a part of culture, because people need it.

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1 thought on “Why We Actually Need Fast Food”

  1. I don’t agree with your statement that we need fast food because it’s an easy and cheap solution to feeding your family if that’s all you can afford. It’s unfortunate choice that some families do have to make because that’s all they have access to, but it definitely is not a solution. I mean let’s face it, a solution to what? Fixing the problems we have now so we can endure more later? Living on fast food will certainly kill you sooner rather than later, there are many health side effects that comes with that as we know.
    And to answer your question about “How are we supposed to feed 300 million people 3 meals a day with fresh fruits and vegetables, proteins and healthy fats? The answer is, we can’t.” The answer is that we could, as we have seen in the video shown in class, american throw away tons and tons of food every year, food that are healthy, nutritious and edible. So there is obviously food production available for everyone to eat.
    I would also like to respectfully disagree about your other statement that, “There’s no conceivable way to get enough land to farm all those vegetables and livestock in a spacious area.” We are already producing so much food so the problem here is that we don’t have enough space to produce food for humans to eat but that we’re using all of that space to produce, unhealthy, inedible food for livestock consumption. Our priorities are just screwed up that’s all.

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