Michael Pollan is a journalist, activist, author and he is a professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. His focus is on the industrial food chain with respects to his research. He indicates how cooking is one of the most important and simplest steps that people have to take to improve the family’s health, help repair our broken food system, build communities, and break the growing dependence on corporations. He is also a food activist.
In the following video Michael shows how McDonald’s continues to use Russet Burbank Potatoes, which is a potato in America that is difficult to grow and unusually long. Also, they insist that the potatoes that they are using have no blemishes at all, and that is hard because these kind of potatoes usually suffer from what is mentioned to as Net Necrosis, and that causes unwanted lines and spots on the potatoes.
If the potatoes have something like this, McDonald’s won’t buy them and there is one way to eliminate these spots, with the use of a pesticide named methamidophos (Monitor). This pesticide is toxic, and the farmers who grow this kind of potatoes in Idaho don’t go outside into the fields for 5 days after they spray the plants.
Then, when McDonald’s is prepared to harvest the potatoes, they need to put them in big atmospheric controlled sheds the size of a football stadium because the potatoes are not edible for 6 weeks! He said that they have to off gas all the chemicals in the potatoes.
Cancer rates are rising constantly, and every study shows how GMOs, pesticides and many other things we choose everyday are indeed very harmful to our health. We should fully acknowledge it and wake up, we should make better choices for our health.
You need to know that fast food chains are very similar to drugs. They are extremely harmful and extremely addicting. They really should not exist and the video here will show you why. Watch the video for more information.