As a Korean-American foodie who resides in West Oakland, I’m lucky that there’s a slew of fine eateries not too far from our home all along Telegraph Avenue in Temescal.
Corporate sponsorship of professional events for nutritionists has been on the rise. But should the gatekeepers of nutrition information be taking free meals and snacks from McDonald’s and Hershey’s?
McDonald’s says it will start to buy beef that’s “verified sustainable” in 2016. But defining sustainable beef production is tricky because the environmental issues involved are so complex.
Thousands of restaurant workers protested Thursday in cities around the country, calling for an increase in wages to $15 an hour. Many fast-food workers make so little that they rely on public assistance to get by, even as profits at many franchises have nearly doubled in recent years. But not everyone agrees that raising the minimum wage will fix the problem.
McDonald’s USA President Jeff Stratton has been criticized on social media for his videotaped response to an employee who confronted him and complained that she doesn’t make enough to feed her kids. But a spokeswoman for the company says McDonald’s has a long history of promoting from within.
In 50 cities across the nation, many employees at fast-food restaurants have pledged to walk out. They’re hoping to draw attention to their campaign for an increase in the minimum wage.
McDonald’s may seem to be everywhere, but there are still 105 countries without the fast food giant, from Ghana to Jamaica to Yemen to Tajikistan. In six countries, McDonald’s once had a presence, but due to economics, and sometimes politics, the franchises closed.
Kids’ meals have never been a huge moneymaker for Taco Bell, so the move is probably a lot less financially painful for the company than it would be for, say, McDonald’s. Nutrition advocates have long criticized the plastic playthings included in fast food kids’ meals.
Who says healthy doesn’t sell? McDonald’s, Panera Bread and other restaurant chains that offered more lower-calorie food choices saw a 9 percent jump in food and beverage sales from 2006 to 2011, a new report finds. Restaurants without these options saw sales drop.