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The Effects Of Fast Food On the Environment

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Raya Haghverdi

on 12 September 2014

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A Realistic Scenario
You're on your way to a concert that's a one hour drive away! You don't have time to stop at a restaurant, and your mom doesn't want to cook. On your way, you see a Chick-fil-A at the corner. "Chick-fil-A is pretty good," you say. "Let's stop!" As you dig into some nuggets, you may be feeling good, but do you realize the environment is not? This presentation is all about the (bad) effects of fast food on the environment.
Why is this a human environment Interaction?
You may be wondering what this has to do with human-environment interaction.
Well, humans made fast food restaurants, and we are doing pretty bad things to environment.
Infecting water, using toxic compounds, increasing the amount of methane on Earth. Those are just a few.
Further on, I'll be more in depth with these bad effects.
When you were younger, you learned that litter was trash left somewhere that people didn't throw away. But did you ever wonder what the trash was?
Urban litter is made up of everything from fast food; wrappers, straws, bags, boxes, and plastic.
That's lots of foamed polystyrene, which is what all these items are made of.
All this stuff makes up 1/5 of all litter in the U.S. That's 20%!
Even on that litter, restaurants wipe perfluoroalkyls to prevent grease leakage. Perfluoroalkyls is a toxic compound, which is bad for the environment AND you.
More About the Chemicals
Fast food uses all sorts of gross chemicals, inlcuding pathogen, hormones, drugs, and fertilizers.
Don't forget the pesticides and the GMO. That stands for genetically modified organisms.
I don't know about you, but I don't want any of that in my blood.
Also, fast food restaurants generate lots of Volatile Organic compounds (VOC), which are released as gases from certain liquids,solids, and includes different kinds of chemicals.
In fact, in New Jersey, 2226 tons of it is produced in its fast food restaurants, which is more than all the diesel powered cars there.
Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road: About that...
If you went to McDonald's in the middle of the city with lots of cars and buildings, there probably isn't space to raise chickens and cows and grow potatoes.
All that stuff is grown somewhere else and shipped to your local restaurant. The longer the trip the food takes, the larger the impact on air quality.
All those trucks and ships and adding an unwanted ingredient in our air recipe: the infamous carbon dioxide.
Also, most fast food transportation uses fossil fuel, which is 3/4 (75%) of carbon, methane, and greenhouse gas release. All this pollutes air and water.
All the livestock that is slaughtered for fast food have to be raised somewhere.
There are lots of fast food restaurants, which means lots of farms, and when we need room, we cut down trees.
Millions of acres of trees are cut down each year just to make PACKAGING for fast food.
Doing this also releases 2.4 billion tons MORE of infamous carbon dioxide into the air every year!
I can't believe that we sit there and just let people dump all that bad stuff into our air.
More about the chicken...
Fast food restaurants slaughter livestock for their "food."
I know that sounds horrible, but there is also a bunch animal cruelty too.
All the meat is produced in factory farms, which contributes to global warming, which is already a big problem.
Every cow produces methane, 110 kilos a year, and 220 in its lifetime before getting slaughtered for food.
To top it all off, one cheeseburger made out of all these animals, takes 7-20 mega joules of energy. This is NOT good!
Fast Food Restaurants don't Recycle
All of the things you carry fast food in - like the boxes, wrappers, and so on can be recycled.
But, most places don't care, and they throw everything in the trash can.
Whatever goes to the trash can goes to the landfills, and people should recognize recyclable items and should take them out of the landfill.
Unfortunately, less than 35% of recyclable items are taken from the landfills.
In Austin, Texas, 85% of fast food waste found in the trash could've been recycled or even composted.
We don't want our Earth to become a landfill, do we?
The Effects Of Fast Food On the Environment
By Raya Haghverdi
As you can see, fast food can affect
the environment in many ways. This is significant because fast food ruins our environment and fast food is bought quite often. Hopefully, more people will realize what we've been doing for so long, and will try to put an end to it. We can invent a different kind of fast food: something healthier and cleaner and kinder to the environment. But we have to stop this fast food right now... before it's too late.
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