2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Antibiotic-resistant infections kill at least 23,000 Americans annually, the CDC announced Monday. From their self-titled “Threat Report 2013” comes a helpful illustration of just where the threat comes from, and how it spreads to the point that at least 2 million people end up infected each year:
“These drugs should only be used to treat infections.” That applies to people and animals, which, as the graph clearly shows, are closely connected — even for people who don’t eat meat.
These drugs should not, as the National Pork Producer Council would have us believe, be used in livestock facilities for “treatment of illness, prevention of disease, control of disease, and nutritional efficiency of animals.” And yet, as Tom Philpott emphasizes on Mother Jones, that’s exactly what’s happening. Also happening: drug-resistant campylobacter, drug-resistant salmonella and MRSA, all of which can be linked to the inappropriate use of antibiotics in livestock.
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Lindsay Abrams.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.