Although organic and health-minded consumers should be happy to hear that the second-largest fast food chain in the U.S. is apparently bowing to public pressure and removing so-called “medically important” antibiotics from its chicken nuggets and chicken sandwiches over the next couple of years, Burger King’s bottom line profits basically still depend upon poisoning children and consumers with beef burgers and junk food, loaded with salt and sugar, GMOs, and pesticide residues. Burger King’s junk food not only undermines public health, but is cruel to factory farm confined animals, as well as environmentally and climate destructive. Burger King also continues to exploit their restaurant workers and supply chain workers in order to serve up food and beverages that are as cheap as their other junk food competitors such as McDonald’s and KFC. If they really want to move beyond token changes and greenwashing, Burger King should offer 100% grass-fed burgers in the U.S., like they already apparently do (under the name Hungry Jack’s) in Australia, and switch their buns, produce, poultry, dairy, potatoes, all their food to 100% organic, grass-fed, non-GMO, and pesticide free. We are facing a massive food, health, poverty and climate crisis in the USA and the world. Small changes are not enough. We need Big Change. Fast food chains and their supply lines are currently part of the problem, not the solution. Consumers and food activists should boycott all fast food restaurants until they start paying their workers a $15 an hour minimum wage, and serve up organic and grass-fed food. Several large fast food chains, including Chipotle’s are already moving in this direction, while several smaller chains, including the new Organic Coup, are already 100% organic. For more information on greenwashing by major food and consumer product corporations in the U.S. go to the “Myth of Natural” campaign page of the Organic Consumers Association.
The very bad news: Human Civilization will likely collapse within three decades, with the onset of massive sea level rise, if we continue with business as usual. Scientists have vastly underestimated the speed at which our currently out-of-control fossil fuel, agriculture, and land use system is melting the West Antarctica Ice Sheet (WAIS). We are headed for catastrophic sea level rise (10 feet by 2050) and the displacement of billions of people, even at our current and near-future levels of CO2 and Greenhouse Gas pollution, unless we move rapidly toward zero emissions and sucking down or drawing down several hundred billion tons of carbon from the atmosphere. Unfortunately, while this article (linked below) correctly highlights the extreme emergency we are facing, and correctly points out we must move to zero emissions of fossil fuels, the author suggests that our best hope for averting disaster are high-tech geoengineering schemes. The Good News, which the author does not mention, is that there is a natural, shovel-ready solution to drawing down massive amounts of excess carbon from the atmosphere and reversing global warming: Regenerative Agriculture and Land Use.