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Prince Charles vs. McDonald's: Should McD's Be Banned?

Prince Charles vs. McDonald's: Should McD's Be Banned?

Recent statements made by Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, on banning McDonald's has gotten the company who coined the term happy meal, well, unhappy. McDonald's claims that the future king must not have noticed all the efforts they are making toward building a healthier menu and supporting sustainable agriculture. (I can't say I've noticed the latter either, but still).

Prince Charles was speaking from the heart as he has always been an advocate of organic food -- He even published a cookbook that rebelled against what he called, in his warm Prince Charles manner, the "soulless, mass-produced food that had come to dominate the modern diet."

Tough call on this one. I mean McDonald's has added carrot sticks to their menu, but Chuck is the Prince of Wales...

Whose side are you on -- Should McDonald's be banned?

krisua krisua 10 years
I boycott MD anyway so I'm on Charles' side.
bunnypants bunnypants 10 years
Are poeple not able to make their own decisions? Honestly. Yes, some people make really poor choices and eat McD's too often, but what ever happened to free choice?? I very very very rarely indulge, but if I wanted to, well, I would like that choice! People need to make their own choices, healthy or not....but hopefully healthy. People need to be educated and fast food needs to be more expensive to perhaps deter mass consumption.
Renees3 Renees3 10 years
This is ridiculous. What, now we can't decide what food we eat? I eat healthy 80% of the time, but when I want some french fried, I go to McDonalds. There is NOTHING wrong with indulging in something you like. I think it is against everything we stand for as americans to even talk about banning something like this. People have the right to choose. That is our RIGHT, no one can take that away. There will always be people who choose to over indulge. So what, after McDonalds is gone, and they take the the ice cream isles or Baskin Robbins, we ban those too? Because really, when iis ice cream healthy? Come one.
CindySue54 CindySue54 10 years
NO!!!!! We are a free enterprise society that also places a high value on personal choice. If you want to eat a Big Mac, it's not right for the government or anyone else to say you can't. Persoanlly I don't eat fast foods like MacDs, Wendys, etc. But it's not for ME to say if YOU can or cannot eat them!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
i think i would DIE if i didnt eat some McD occassionally. besides, i detest the idea of someone else making my personal choices. and yes, what we eat is personal! i agree that people should be educated, not restricted. think about it, a few years down the road (if there is a ban) and the next generation would be all "whats so bad about it?!" and the whole thing would start up again.
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
great comments guys!
xrockette19x xrockette19x 10 years
i am all for banning trans fat, and i hope mcdonalds does continue to introduce healthier options, but i think eating it occasionally isn't harmful to your health. instead of banning mcdonalds, people should be educated to know that mcdonalds should be a rare treat, not a daily trip. banning mcdonalds is a little too 1984 for me..and i a capitalist just can't do that! i might also be biased because my local mcdonalds has been under construction for months now, and i miss it dearly. i mean, it's march! they need to open so i can have my annual shamrock shake! one can't hurt!
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
quietriott, I didn't even think about that...AND the Ronald McDonald house!!!! But ANOTHER thing that I for some reason didn't think about...He can't ban it in America!! I felt like a moron when I told The Man about it! He said, "Well, that will bring business to our McDonalds because British people will want to eat it when they're here! (I doubt that). Anyway...sorry Brits, but I could care less now!
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
I don't care if they ban McDonalds, as long as they don't take away my Burger King. I always treat myself to some junky BK when I am working super long days in my lab (like 16 hours!). I try to stick to the dollar menu (thereby limiting myself to smaller portions), but it's still one of my favorite treats to myself!
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
i meant were provided to you
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
redegg- good points... this is a fine line we walk sometimes. quietriott- I am glad that those opportunities we provided to you.
quietriott quietriott 10 years
although i am not a huge mcdonalds fan myself, i have to say i can't bash it too much because the Joan B. Kroc (the wife of McDonalds founder Ray Kroc) founded and endowed the Peace Institute at Notre Dame, allowing me to get an amazing and inspirational education on human rights, conflict transformation and peacebuilding. so maybe mcdonalds isnt all that bad....
redegg redegg 10 years
And why are so many people losing their avies? :(
redegg redegg 10 years
vricoo2005, I'm not saying transfat is not bad, I'm saying we are starting down a road that doesn't have a clear ending. And they can let us know about the bad effects of it without legislating against it. Again, what about other things in foods in restaurants that are bad for us? I don't want to eat those either! Should they outlaw everything bad for us so that we can't be served anything against our will that is bad for our health? What about real butter? Fatty meat? Those cause heart disease. Processed sugars and high fructose corn syrup is extremely bad for your body as well. What do we do about that? How do you decide what's harmful enough to legislate against? That's the whole point!
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
People should eat what they want. I think McDonald's should make their food healthier by using leaner meats etc but I love the stuff I must admit.
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
I agree with you BOXEM180. As for government legislation with transfat redegg, do you know what it does to your body? The most notable adverse effect is that trans fatty acids disrupt cellular functioning. And it is in so much stuff! Can you honestly say that 5 years ago you knew about transfat? I think we do have to be careful with government legislation/regulation but I also think we need to force these big companies to keep us the consumer informed. Ultimately, we all want to live longer healthier lives and not have so many chemicals in our bodies already that there is no need to embalm.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I agree with CCsugar. The economical aspect alone says this is idiodic. I'm not a fan of McD's..not since I worked there (dum dum duuuummm...what secrets do I have??). Haha, this is one I'd have to take the left on and say BUTT OUT. My kids eat there once in a while (every other weekend when the visit Bio-Mom) and it doesn't hurt them. Moderation, you know? However, boxem180, I don't see the comparison to a smoking ban. Second hand smoke kills people...if some dude is eating a Big Mac next to me, it may make me a little nauseaus, but it's not killing me! Also, We are "poor", so we don't ever eat out...I think it's more BUSY families who frequent this place, not neccesarily people looking to eat cheaply - but I get what you're saying.
redegg redegg 10 years
Enough with all the banning- there is nowhere to draw the line. It is already starting with the transfat legislation. Is cholesterol next, high fructose corn syrup, processed sugars, the marbled fat in meats, when does it stop?
grace-violet grace-violet 10 years
I am sick of government trying to dictate every aspect of our lives! Maybe he should ban all grocery stores that sell Twinkies. Oh, and while he's at it, too many people lead sedentary lives; lets ban the TV, and require that all citizens exercise for 30 minutes/day under the watchful eye of the government. We are intelligent adults; I prefer to not have my food selected for me by a man who happened to be born a prince!
boxem180 boxem180 10 years
my 2 cents: if smoking can be banned in certain places and taxes raised on packs, so should fast food (all, not just mcdonald's though i personally believe that they're extra evil). fast food is marketed as cheap and quick and that exploits certain people. yes, people make a choice to eat fast food BUT compare prices of fast food vs. fruits and vegetables: if you had a family of five to feed on minimum, would you choose a lot of cheap food to feed you for a longer time or a less amount more expensive food? there's more to it than just people's choices but the idea of the government telling me what i can and can't eat is eerie. i'm having a lot of thoughts on this but i'll stop. :)
svenska svenska 10 years
For one no one is forcing him or anyone else to eat McDonalds. And for another maybe he should take a whack at the pub food in his country first: greasy, battered fried white fish with fried potatoes? Blood pudding? Battered and fried Mars Bars? The chip butty (a buttered white bread sandwich filled with chip "french fries"? I dunno, McDonalds sounds kind of benign to me after that. If he's serious maybe tackle that problem first and then take on a mammoth corporation like McDonalds.
Marci Marci 10 years
No one is forcing him to eat it, so what does he care. It's not up to anyone to decide what other people can and can't eat if they want it.
mandyjean mandyjean 10 years
How about people just have a little responsibility and take care of them selves... everyone knows mcd is bad for you... but it is still their choice to eat what they want... this is just the first step towards dictatorship. i mean I have always thought highly of the royals, but seriously, this is an individual decision that needs to be made by the people, if they dont want mcd they wont eat it, and they dont need his help with that.
LizaToad LizaToad 10 years
poor charles, i think he always has good intentions, but just can't seem to keep his foot away from his mouth...
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