McDonald’s has made SumOfUs hopping angry, according to an email blast Wednesday morning. You’ll be infuriated, too, when you learn what the mega-hamburger corporation has been secretly serving in every meal. How it got away with this for as long as it did is frightening, considering the increasing number of deaths due to it. McDonald’s is an icon of modern society. Billions have been served its meals worldwide since first introduced 76 years ago.
“But one detail has been missing from this contemporary legend: the gross amount of antibiotics that have been pumped into the famous McDonald’s beef patty,” says the SumOfUs.
Scientists warn that humans are rapidly approaching a “post-antibiotic era”. Overusing antibiotics has resulted in bacteria becoming immune to them — thus becoming killer superbugs.
Antibiotics have saved millions of lives, but misusing and overusing them has made them less effective because bacteria develop a resistance to them. Despite scientists’ warnings, antibiotic prescriptions continue soaring and antibiotic use in farming is at record levels — meaning your McD meal is literally helping you kill yourself and your children. Doctors are seeing infections they simply cannot treat.
“It’s downright dangerous. And fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s are feeding the crisis,” asserts SumOfUs.
In other words, McDonalds is helping to create the perfect superbug that scientists warn is leading humanity to an Antibiotic Apocalypse.
Not First Time McDonald’s Encountered Public Pressure to Change
“After losing unhappy customers due to antibiotics in its chicken supply, McDonald’s cleaned up its menu in its U.S. restaurants and banned chicken raised on antibiotics that are important to human medicine. This shows that change is possible — but it won’t happen without public pressure,” SumOfUs says.
“Now we need to see that change for beef and pork too, and beyond just U.S. restaurants. We need a commitment to reduce antibiotics for all of the animals involved in the behemoth McDonald’s supply chain, and for franchises worldwide.
Antibiotic resistance is threatening humanity’s ability to survive even the most common illnesses.
McDonald’s is worth a staggering $39 billion and operates 36,000 cafes. Its cultural impact as the corporate face of hamburgers and fast food is much more significant, according to SumOfus.
“Getting an international, public-facing corporation like McDonald’s to stop the overuse of antibiotics would send shock waves through the industry.
“We know McDonald’s responds to public pressure because we’ve fought it before — and won. Over 200,000 SumOfUs members demanded that McDonald’s stop participating in global deforestation by rewriting its palm oil policy. And that’s exactly what it did. Now we need to do it again — our health depends on it.
SumOfUs is encouraging the reader to tell McDonald’s: Put antibiotics out to pasture. Commit to higher standards across the board. Commit to cut medicated meat from the menu.
SumOfUs is a worldwide movement of people working together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable path for the global economy.
On July 4, former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw emailed former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to discuss the upcoming release of the Chilcot report — a document detailing the British government’s inquiry. The report probed, among other things, the depth of private British commitment and support for the American-led war in Iraq.
In anticipation of coming press coverage, Straw asked Powell to review a statement in a Word document he drafted. He wrote that the “only silver lining of the Brexit vote is that it will reduce medium term attention on Chilcot — though it will not stop the day of publication being uncomfortable.”
Powell told Straw he should also share the statement with Condoleezza Rice and that he would contact Richard Armitage — two other Bush-era officials who were involved in planning and executing the war.
He showed skepticism toward a part of Straw’s statement that claimed that an additional United Nations resolution prior to the conflict would have avoided the invasion. He wrote back to Straw, “I can’t agree or disagree with your judgement that a second resolution would have prevented conflict. I doubt it, but I don’t know.” (In Straw’s final statement released to the press, the claim remained.)
Nearly a month later, on August 3, Powell emailed Straw to tell him that the Chilcot report “didn’t amount to anything over here” and that he assumed the inquiry simply “faded away.”
“Yes, the Chilcot story has faded altogether here too. It was unpleasant on the day but almost all the focus was on Tony [Blair],” Straw wrote back. He noted that “there is some stuff about some relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq trying to get a legal action against Tony on its feet buy [sic] it’s hard to see how that could work.”
He quickly switched topics, asking Powell if he was coming to London anytime soon. “I met someone recently who had heard you speak and thought you were a wow,” Straw boasted.
Powell’s private emails were leaked by DCLeaks.com, a website that has in the past shared hacked emails from U.S. political and military figures. DCLeaks has a relationship with Guccifer 2.0, a hacker that many allege to have ties with Russian intelligence. DCLeaks provided access to Powell’s emails to a number of reporters on Tuesday, including The Intercept.
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And then another email a couple hours later:
“We’re locked out again…”