4 Trillion Reasons Not To Support McDonald's / by Bryan West

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The holidays have got me up against the ropes to get these out every weds, but I managed to squeak by once again. I'm not sure if corporations are evil by nature, but I think there are at least a handful that are undeniably negative forces in the world. McDonald's obviously spends a lot of money on philanthropic efforts, but I don't buy into the idea that we need corporations to fund these organizations. Even taking their various charities into account, the damage they do eclipses any charitable spending. McD's is the most profitable fast food in the world raking in 36.4 billion dollars in sales for 2016, more than twice their closest competitor, Starbucks(14 billion). McDonald's boasts that they sell 75 burgers per second. Every hamburger is responsible for producing 5 lbs of methane(one of the very worst greenhouse gases) and requires about 600 gallons of water. This means that every day McDonald's is responsible for producing 16,200 TONS of methane and using 3,888,000,000 gallons of water. Really let that sink in...almost FOUR TRILLION GALLONS OF WATER PER DAY. I don't even have the time to break down the health or cultural impact much less other environmental impacts from food transportation, etc.