Is Macdonald's plan to drop the use of Pink Slime in Hamburgers a good thing or bad?
The growing controversy over the health risks of “pink slime” added to hamburgers and ground beef in the US as a filler, has led MacDonald’s to announce they will no longer be using the product. Will MacDonald’s pledge to stop using pink slime in its hamburgers result in massive layoffs and plant closures as well as higher priced hamburgers or improved health. Pink slime is a food additive made of blood, tissue, spinal, rectal and other discarded parts of animals not normally eaten and treated with Ammonium hydroxide to kill bacteria. It is used in dog food but also in hamburgers.
McDonald's is never going to be good for a person and will always be highly processed garbage no matter if they rid it of the pink slime or not. That being said, I do think they are wise to do away with the pink slime.
People really need to be more aware of what they are putting into their bodies and the environmental damages done by not only McDonalds, but other fast food and processed food manufacturers.
If the pink slime controversy causes people to pause and start to question - then at least something good has come of it.
This whole pink slime debacle is just one more example of how consumers have the power to change the market. Any time there is a loud enough public outcry, the makers of the product notice and make changes to satisfy their customers. Or they go out of business.
In the case of McDonalds, it has both positive and negative aspects. You touched very well on these points. The question becomes; do the positives outweigh the negatives?
Do you want the low cost of "pink slime", or the higher quality meat?
(Over simplified, perhaps. But the overall point remains.)
People are paying more attention to their food. This kind of situation helps alert people to some of these shortcuts and the fleecing that happens in the food industries. My hope is that someday soon, we will have transparency in the market. I don't mind if people want to eat bugs, but they should be allowed to know if they are.
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