A McDonald's restaurant in Tavistock, a town in the
A McDonald's restaurant in Tavistock, a town in theUK, is closing because it cannot compete with a local farmers' market. The restaurant, which opened in 1999, closed on December 9.
Tavistock's farmers' market was voted the best in the region by Country Life magazine. Tavistock also won the title of Best Food Town in the South West (of England) this year.John Taylor, chairman of Tavistock EatWise campaign, said: "Because of the quality of our local food McDonald's has not been able to compete ... I think McDonald's really started to suffer about 18 months ago when healthy school meals were introduced. Children no longer needed to go there because they were being fed properly."
You're probably as surprised and pleased as I am to learn there's one less McDonald's restaurant in the world. With some 1,250 locations in the UK alone, one store closure won't hurt McDonald's very much. But it's not often that local farmers selling their wares at a local market, albeit one of the best in Britain, can outsell, outwork and outwit a multi-national food empire clear out of town.
On average, Americans now eat about four servings of french fries every week. I am fond of telling patients that in my opinion one french fry is worse than a cigarette. This is related to the huge amount of trans fat present in the french fries. They really do make margarine look like a health food. Additionally, the potato is rapidly converted to sugar, which causes insulin imbalances, promoting disease.
About 90 percent of the money that Americans now spend on food goes toward buying processed food. As a result, diabetes is increasing dramatically, as are other chronic diseases.
With these types of facts natural medicine clinicians are going to be VERY busy, as they will be the only ones with the answers to reverse the devastating consequences these choices will have on people's health.
Readers on Vital Votes have shared some of their own boycott practices, which hopefully will help shut down more and more McDonald's in years to come. Dr. Lloyd FIelder from Schaumburg writes:
Karen from Enumclaw, Washington adds: