Sacre Bleu! Is the Big Mac the future of fine dining?

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    Sacre Bleu! Is the Big Mac the future of fine dining?

     
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    So the restaurant that brought us "pink slime" is the wave of the future, GOSH I sure hope not!
     
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    Ah, yes, I always get my gourmet culinary updates from reading the Irish press! :confused:
     
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    Remember, in this case the opinion came from a French born chef, who has two Michelin stars under his belt, plus has a famous restaurant in England. I believe the article was first printed / published in the English press. :)
     
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    I believe Mr. Blanc wanted to grab some attention, knowing full well that mentioning the "Golden Arches" would achieve just this. ;)
     
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    It's actually a good read and remembers us that Organic food is still too expensive for many. While McDonald's grabs the headline, the article itself looks a little bit deeper into the divide between the affordability of "normal" food and organic food stuffs. :)
     
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    One can only wonder about the profitability for the McDonald's connection. Yes, it's our favorite Scottish gourmet restaurant! ;)
     
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    100% Scottish beef on their Big Macs. :)
     
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    Ands the Scots are world famous for their beef(ing)! ;)
     
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    Okay, so I read the article. Interesting......
    We go to a local farmer's market on Sundays and buy all organic produce from local farmers/growers. IMHO, it is not any more expensive than going to Whole Foods and actually has more/better flavor.
     
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    That's great to hear, but what about people who haven't access to a farmer's market and what about people for which Whole Foods or Farmer's markets are too expensive, given that everything else is growing in cost, from driving a car, paying the bills or simply putting a meal for the kids on the table, despite working all waking hours. That's the problem, it's not about that organic products aren't available, it's more about the access and price points in which organic products are offered. While organic consumption is growing, it's still small compared to cheaper non organic alternatives, lets hope this does change in the longer term, some experts predict that organic food products could be cheaper in the future, cheaper as they're now or even achieve parity with non organic products in the future, maybe in 5 to 10 years from now, when more and more people realize that organic is a good way to go, but for now, it's important to bring less well off people into the fold so that they too can enjoy organic products and getting their benefits from such a meal on a daily basis.
     
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    Thanks for the response.
    I live in So Cal, and it is relatively easy to find a Farmer's Market any day of the week (maybe we are spoiled).
    As I said, in my opinion/experience, I have not found buying certified organic products to be any more expensive.
     
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    Thanks, of course, in the end it's always dependent on the personal situation of each individual / family. Cheers.
     
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    Do I have to choose between McDonalds and organic? No other choices?
     
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    It's actually much more complex than this, especially for many people who can't afford organic food stuffs on a daily basis. It's not a choice anymore for some.
     
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    What I am saying is that just because you cannot afford organics doesn't mean you have to head to the golden arches for your nutrition.
     
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    Of course, it's personal, people must know from where they want to get there food, the golden arches are one of the possibilities. Regarding choices, it's always the same, money will rule in the end from where people will consume food and when / plus how often. Having a full stomach, doesn't mean it's an "healthy" full stomach, this most often depends on two factors, accessibility to organic food / affordability and personal income, social group, family support. It's a big secret everyone knows, but not many want to talk about, food prices are going up for the healthy stuff, while wages are stagnant for the many, it's a real growing problem.
     
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    That Marconi boy hit it pretty much on the head.
     

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