The External Costs of Fast Food
From afar, visualizing any significant impact on our society from Fast Food may seem like a stretch (apart from the health issues we’ve heard so much about).
It’s probably the last thing you think about when grabbing a combo meal after a long day at work.
But when you start to consider the incredible power these corporations have to establish food deserts, influence what we’re consuming as a society, and create their own civil rights narratives, the impacts begin to seem limitless.
Behind the veil of slick, multi-billion dollar marketing campaigns , you’ll see that these campaigns aren’t created because they want your kid to be happy with their meal.
The following pages highlight the unintended consequences of Fast Food on our Communities, Health, and Human Rights.
We challenge you to get creative and explore the external costs and resulting externalities that may come from the things you buy in your day-to-day lives.
Whether that’s buying a piece of art from the nearest big-box store rather a Farmer’s Market vendor, or buying a new video game rather than a weekend rental in the woods with your closest friends.
*btw, there are also a handful of positive externalities that come with fast food, we’ll have a blog post about that here soon