Fast Food Vs. Slow Food
For our Final Collaborative Research Project, Natalie Busarello, Teighan Sykes and I chose to research the differences between fast food and organic food. Around 12pm on December 4, 2011, we made our way to McDonalds for lunch. We ordered a Premium Classic Crispy Chicken Sandwich Meal with a medium french frie, a medium coca cola and a chocolate chip cookie. That gave us meat (chicken), vegetables (lettuce & tomatoe), starch (french fries), a drink and a dessert. We ordered one meal for the price of $7.47 meaning for a family of 4, it would cost about $29.88. After reflecting on our meal, we made a trip to the Shop Rite. We purchased organic chicken, organic lettuce and peppers, organic pasta, organic chocolate milk and organic brownies. The total came to $21.04 and we had plenty left over! We then cooked and prepared a meal similar to our meal at McDonalds, only it was all organic. After reflecting on our second meal, we came to our final conclusions, which can be seen in our last video.
After finishing our project, we found the notion that organic food is more expensive than fast food to be untrue. After watching Food, Inc., the question was raised if families have a choice: Are you able to buy fresh produce and meat with a low budget? The common misconception is that organic food is both more expensive and less flavorful. Through our documentary we found out that you CAN feed a family of four organically on a low budget. To figure this out we made sure to keep the same variables throughout our experiment. At the fast food restaurant and when buying organic we purchased a meat, vegetable, starch, drink and dessert. The total after purchasing the organic meal was $8.84 less than the total at the fast food restaurant. Filming this documentary was eye opening because the difference in the quality of the food and in the price was significant. When describing the fast food meal words like greasy, salty, and breaded were used frequently, while when describing the organic meal we used words like fresh, juicy and crisp. We learned that eating organically not only benefits your health, but also settles your mind. When you pay for organic foods, you’re not only paying for the quality, but also contributing to the perpetuation of humane treatment of plants and animals. That sort of satisfaction lasts much longer than just one meal.