5 Big Fat Green Food Lies
McDonald's and other companies that aren't as green as they act
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2010 3:25 PM CDT
McDonald's wants to reposition itself as an eco-friendly restaurant, but it's just not.   (©dno1967)

(Newser) – The food industry hasn’t missed the fact that many people are hopping on the green bandwagon. But how can you tell the difference between true sustainability and marketing baloney? Anna Lappe lists the five least green claims in her book Diet for a Hot Planet, excerpted by Salon:

  • Sara Lee: Eco-Grain wheat made its debut in the company’s EarthGrains bread, and allegedly will “save the earth, one field at a time.” But Eco-Grain is just one-fifth of a loaf’s total grain—and Sara Lee paid a settlement in 2003 after charges that EarthGrains plants produced nasty chemicals.
  • Fiji Water: The company said it would go “carbon negative,” offsetting 120% of its emissions through renewable energy projects and other means—but those carbon credits will occur sometime in the next few decades, as opposed to, you know, the near future.

  • McDonald’s: Promised to “inspire and empower children to make a difference” for endangered species with an endangered animals-themed Happy Meal, all the while threatening the habitat on which these very same animals depend.
  • Monsanto: The largest maker of genetically modified crops in the world promised to “develop seeds that significantly increase crop yields” and feed the world. But scientists doubt drought resistance can be engineered, and genetically modified crops carry many negative consequences.
  • Syngenta: The world’s largest agrochemical company claims its partnership with Ducks Unlimited proves its commitment to sustainable agriculture, but the way Syngenta supports the wildlife-protecting organization is by donating chemical products—and some of its products damage waterways.

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Apr 1, 2010 1:04 PM CDT
genetically modified crops carry many negative consequences. Sorry but halfwits like jgirl saying gm food 'has things in it' aren't negative consequences. Point out some actual harmful effects and what they are.
Mar 31, 2010 11:01 PM CDT
"Green" is delusional or a scam, depending on whether it's a personal obsession or corporate (or NGO/nonprofit) marketing. (Just like fearmongering, either for money and attention or because of complete ignorance, over Evil GMO Foods. If it's breeding and accidental mutation from "nat'ral" radiation, that's cool. Doing it intentionally with laboratory testing, that's bad. Because... uh... lemme get back to you about how it's different. Just like finkster's either deep sarcastic troll or shallow lackwittery over "natural chemicals" vs "created chemicals"...)
Mar 31, 2010 9:59 PM CDT
It is not really worth responding to this nonsense, but It is so stupid I'll give it a shot. On McDonald's please provide evidence other than your opinion that McDonald's threatens habitats for endangered animals, name the endangered species, name the locations of habitats for each species that McDonald's endangers, describe the endangerment, cite references. Similar comments apply to each of the other companies listed. Unsubstantiated opinions that make one feel good about oneself are not evidence. Doug Santo Pasadena, CA