ECLECTICIST: Fast Food
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From the Show
Broadcast: 1st November, 2015
Last update: 20th October, 2015
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- Introduction and description of the podcast, goals, modus operandi.
- What An investigation of everything from a British perspective by two brothers (who consider themselves to be relatively normal chaps), one topic at a time.
- Who Geoffrey Campos (engineer and devil’s advocate),
Benjamin de-Campos (designer and believer).
- How Choose a topic of interest, spend a little time researching it, have a discussion then publish the notes - available to read along!
- Why The main benefits are the fostering of a greater understanding of the world before we die and hopefully, to prompt further thought and discussion from our listeners.
- The topic we will be discussing in this episode is Fast Food
Imagine you had a car idling in your living room. You’d be sitting there watching TV or playing snap, breathing in air laced with toxic fumes. You would recognize that it’s probably not a healthy place to sit because we breathe all the time. We also eat all the time. We spend each day of our lives literally putting food into our faces. Shorely we would want only the best and healthiest foodstuffs passing through our mouths because in a very true sense, we are what we eat. But ‘fast food’ or perhaps more accurately ‘junk food’ is big business. Fast food restaurants are wide-rife in our high streets as are human blimps. Just how unhealthy is fast food and Is it like smoking? Are regular consumers of fast food compartmentalizing their brains like smokers do? Despite the ubiquity of Mcdonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut among others, there appears to be a change in the air: trans-fats are being banned all over the place and more and more healthier alternatives such as Subway (discuss) and Chipotle are appearing. Last talk about fast food.
What we’re not talking about
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Each bullet is a talking point. Sub-bullets are topics that may or may not be covered. Usage: Read the bullet and sub-bullets then talk about some or all sub-bullets.
- Food that’s quick from order to consumer.
- Fun and exciting
- The West: Minced beef
- Brazil: Minced beef
- India: Chicken
- Issues of scale e.g. a hamburger contains meat from multiple cows
- Salt, fat, sugar
- Photos of idealised food in restaurants
- Portion sizes
- McDonald’s 2013 Ad spend was £642 Bn csmonitor.com
- Fast Food Nation
- God damned America again!
- Cooking time
- Table service
- Cost of course
- Crockery, cutlery
- Could restaurants be fully automated? Sort of like a sit-in vending machine.
- McDonald's US revenues ‘Total revenue declined 9.5% to $6.49 billion, but still beat analyst estimates of $6.45 billion.’ - Forbes.com
- Obvious health concerns for excessive fast food eaters
- ‘Go large’ meaning more fries and fizzy sugary water but the same burger
- Pink slime
- Religion, Halal, Chik-Fil-A
- Fast food establishments reaction to changing consumer interests
- McDonalds actually offering healthy options for once
- ‘Supersize Me’ That film that made some decent points but the whole thing was based around the dumb idea of eating Mcdonald's ‘food’ three times a day as if anyone who isn’t suicidal would do that.
- The Onion regularly sends up fast food chains. Off the top of my face: ‘Domino's Scientists Test Limits Of What Humans Will Eat’ and ‘McDonald's Stock Slides As More Consumers Turn To Food’ among many others.
Terminology specific to the topic
- Junk Food A pejorative term for food containing high levels of calories from sugar or fat with little protein, vitamins or minerals.
- Pink Slime A meat-based product used as a food additive to ground beef and beef-based processed meats, as a filler or to reduce the overall fat content of ground beef.
- Details about site, contacts, next show: Video Gaming
- Outro music choice - something open source or out of copyright so we don’t get sued
- Fast food haven (cookout) by DJ Harrison creative commons from Jamendo
- Recording ends, postmortem recording begins
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From the Show
Notes, corrections and further references
White Castle Burgers in waffles http://www.whitecastle.com/promotions/belgian-waffles
Health.com’s best healthy picks at fast food restaurants http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20630037,00.html
McDonald’s UK menu (no prices) http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ukhome/menu.html