photo by Karen Hanrahan as posted on Best of Mother Earth
I wonder how many people will believe McDonald's 100% pure beef claim after learning this picture is of one of their own hamburgers from 1996. Yes, that's right—it's a 12 year old hamburger that looks just like one you'd purchase today. The photographer, Karen Hanrahan is a Wellness Educator and Nutrional Counselor. Hanrahan displays this "prop" along side fresh-bought burgers (the only time you will ever hear me utter fresh and McDonald's in the same sentence) to show how it has preserved itself for more than a decade. She simply stores it in a tupperware-like container. Hanrahan sums it up best "Ladies, Gentleman, and children alike - this is a chemical food. There is absolutely no nutrition here".
A few years back my dear uncle was babysitting my then 3 year old daughter. He knew I was a foodie, farmer's market, granola-munching mama, and still he took my most precious cargo to Burger King for lunch. My reaction was akin to someone giving my child gasoline. I told him I'd rather her starve than eat that "food". I actually told my daughter to scream for help if anyone every took her into a Mc-anything-like "restaurant" again. Perhaps I acted extreme and yes, I kow there's the chance she'll live off the stuff during her college years in some act of rebellion. It's just not going to happen on my watch.