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August 09, 2004

Fast Food Nation

On Sunday I went to see Supersize Me at the Crest. (I was pretty surprised at how entertained I was. I'd expected mostly to be grossed out, but it was a pretty good tale.) And last year in carpool/reading group we all read Fast Food Nation, a first rate read about the history and direction of the fast food industry in the America. Thus educated, I ain't buying the statement in the Seattle Times that "Subway would fit into the parks system." Fast Food nation took a pretty heavy handed swing at Subway's business practices. And one of the most heart-breaking scenes in the Supersize Me is when an overweight teenager is expressing her frustration because she can't afford to eat at Subway twice a day.

I shouldn't be surprised. After all, one of the places that's being given the Subway contract is the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. I guess if Weyarhaeuser can be considered an environmental company, then Subway can be considered to be a company that "promotes healthy alternatives."

Just in case you, too, want to ask the King County Parks if they've really done their homework around this decision, here's the email address for Tom Tiegan, the enterprise manager for the parks department.

Disclaimer: Yes, of course, there are other places with MUCH worse food. And I've eaten and Subway out of road trip fueled desparation. I just don't think we should pretend that they're an excellent augumentation to the park system.

Posted by pam at August 9, 2004 05:50 PM | TrackBack
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It's been a while since I read Fast Food Nation, but I don't remember it being so critical of Subway. As I recall, it mentions that it was one of the only (or then only?) fast-food chain that offered low-calorie options, and indeed made nutritional information prominent. Are they really so bad? Their sandwiches are tasty, in any case -- as you say, there is MUCH worse food available.

Posted by: David on August 9, 2004 08:17 PM

It wasn't actually their food that Fast Food Nation criticized - it was their oppressive business practices. I'm trying to find a link that discusses their franchising policies - I'll post it as soon as I find something reasonable.

Posted by: pam on August 9, 2004 08:49 PM
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