This is going to be a somewhat quick post to write, and you know why?
…Because I don’t have to link to any of the BULLSHIT! about any of the various sorts of McDonald’s meals that wont rot or decompose and the reason I don’t have to do that is because everybody and their extended family has seen the hyperbole by Morgan Spurlock, Sally Davies, Mike Adams and others, has forwarded breathless emails to their entire address book, posted links to their Facebook pages and, how could they possibly resist…? Tweeted with self righteous glee.
I saw this for the first time probably well over a year ago, thought it was bullshit then and dismissed it as such.
Then some weeks back it raised its ugly head again; someone brought it up in comments and longtime reader Monica Hughes, who happens to hold a PhD in biology (focussed in mycology, i.e., fungi), piped up, saying that it was probably a case of a lack of moisture — as molds can even attack polycarbonate (CDs DVDs) if conditions are right.
We discussed doing an experiment and she went ahead and did it with various decent variable control; i.e., such things as comparison with home made food, moisture content, salt and so forth.
You can see the previous posts and the results in video thus far right here: Of Mushrooms, Molds, and McDonald’s: Day Nine.
The bottom line? Food pretty much rots whether it’s made by EEEEVILLLLL!!! McDonald’s, or the nice little old lady down the street.
You know, I love many things about the whole paleo movement but certainly not the same tendencies to confirmation bias, wishful thinking, plain old Bad Science (or no science), hyperbole, propaganda, and misdirected exuberance we see in promoters of vegan and low-fat agendas.
Real food with care taken to source and prepare it is always best. No argument. But it’s wholesome because it stands on its own. McDonald’s or any other fast food outlet does not have to be unjustly smeared to make local, wholesome, organic food appear better.
Let’s keep it real, folks, and keep our heads about us.