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It has been argued that ‘Fast Food’ and the pheonomenon of ‘Slow Food’ are in...

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swarnamalis | College Teacher | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted April 30, 2012 at 8:57 AM via web

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It has been argued that ‘Fast Food’ and the pheonomenon of ‘Slow Food’ are in competition with each other. Is it an even contest?

The grassroots campaign 'Slow Food' is described on these sites:

http://tinyurl.com/cfj5ql4

http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/programs/

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM (Answer #2)

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One of the reasons that fast food tends to take priority over slow food has to do with the way that the United States prioritizes food and farm policy as a nation.  As the previous poster mentioned, there are differences in terms of speed and convenience but fast food is also a heavily subsidized industry starting at the very bottom with billions and billions of dollars in corn subsidies that make everything from the burgers to the shakes and drinks cheaper so that fast food can compete in a way that slow food simply cannot.  The different class of ingredients in any nice restaurant are frequently not subsidized and the percentage of their products that contain corn and corn syrup are minimal compared to the average McDonalds or Burger King menu.

This difference of subsidies may seem small but it is important when you consider the way that policy choices can affect behavior and in the long run the health of the populace.  Because there is so much willingness to privilege corporations over workers and other humans, the downard pressure on wages makes fast food the only alternative for many workers and also the only choice when they do not have the time or option to shop for fresh foods and make their own slow food.  This in turn affects the health of the populace leading to higher health care costs for everyone and further increases the appeal of cheaper and faster food.

Between the two forms of food, there is in one way no competition given that fast food is not even considered food by many experts given its highly processed and adulterated content.  So if one is looking for "food," the only place to find it is in a slow food establishment.

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