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There is nothing worse for you or for the environment than "fast food". We spend over $130 billion dollars every year on fast or take-out food. Not only is fast food loaded with fat, sodium and carbohydrates, it is also very bad for the environment. While it may be convenient for us out on the road, getting that food to every fast food restaurant on every highway exit in the country consumes millions of gallons of fuel a year. And that's not the only problem. Fast food packaging creates 1. 7 million tons of trash every year in the form of boxes, plastic or paper bags, plastic forks, etc.

Solution? Bring your own food with you whenever possible. Creating a meal at home is cheaper and healthier than eating out. Pack a lunch before work, school, or before a long car trip. You'll lose weight, feel better, and save money all while helping the environment.

With a third of all children in the U.S. eating a fast food meal on any given day, the fast food industry is far reaching. The industry seemingly has a hold in every corner of American life and industry, from health care to agriculture, from transportation to marketing. Consumers, shareholders and other stakeholders are starting to look at the fast food industry and demand more accountability for both the food it serves and how it produces that food.

Signs exist that the fast food industry is moving to reflect people's desires for healthier choices and greener products. The ban on trans fats in New York City is just one example of how quickly the restaurant industry can move to answer public demand or governmental policy. However, many shareholders may wonder if enough is being done by fast food chains to protect the environment, and how to tell the responsible burger and pizza peddlers from the rest.

THE FACTS

Americans spend over $130 billion dollars every year on fast food.

 
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