Only one out of five millennials has eaten a McDonald’s signature Big Mac hamburger and we expect this trend to continue with future generations…
A Gallup poll has indicated, that more than half (53%) of the baby boomer generation is overweight. It looks like many millennials have decided that their health is more important than eating unhealthy fast food. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), 64% of U.S. adults are overweight or obese.
According to the American Diabetes Association;
1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. If that’s not bad enough, in 2012, 86 million Americans age 20 and older had pre-diabetes; this is up from 79 million in 2010.
As of 2016, the CDC reports that the rate of new cases of diagnosed diabetes in the United States has started to fall, but the numbers are still very high. More than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes, and 86 million are living with prediabetes, a serious health condition that increases a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.
Type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90% to 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2013 (and may be underreported).
The Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic is growing worldwide and could become one of the most devastating pandemics in human history if it’s not controlled.
At the same time, the Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic is growing worldwide, so is a Cancer Pandemic. According to the American Cancer society; In 2017, there will be an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the US. Cancer is a major public health problem worldwide and is the second-leading cause of death in the United States. The overall estimate of 1,685,780 cases is the equivalent of more than 4,600 new cancer diagnoses each day.
So What Does All Of this Have To Do With The Future of Fast Food?
Many Doctors are blaming the current Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic on the massive amount of sugar that has been added to food since the 1970’s when Sen. George McGovern called a hearing to raise attention to the links between diet and disease. Fat became the culprit and was taken out of processed foods and massive amounts of sugar were added for taste. The result was that people got fatter, and now we have Type 2 Diabetes and Cancer Pandemics.
Take a look at “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” by Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.
As of this article, this video has 6,975,845 views so people are watching…
6 Predictions for The Future of Food & Fast Food
1. Small Space Agriculture and Urban Farms Will Become More Popular
With rapid worldwide population growth and major health pandemics affecting many people, in the future, we will see more small Urban Farms and more organic farming utilizing smaller spaces. This means that more people will also prepare and cook their own food.
2. Organic Farming and Local Organic Food Markets Will Become More Popular
People in the future will not want GMO food or food that is grown with unhealthy pesticides. New and improved organic farms that add essential nutrients and minerals back into the ground will become more popular. Many people will start utilizing their homes for organic gardening contributing to Small Space Agriculture and Urban Farms. Here is an excellent example in the middle of the desert…
3. We will see the End of Factory Animal Farming and Eat Less Meat
Future generations will end the cruel and inhumane practice of factory farms and they will eat less meat and animal products. The current Animal Holocaust will finally end.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hold that the more helpless a creature the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of humankind.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
4. Along with Factory Farming, Large Cattle Herds Will Not Be Environmentally Sustainable
Livestock’s Long Shadow, the FAO said, global meat production was responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions – a little more than all of the world’s cars, trains and planes combined.
Besides greenhouse gas emissions, 80% of Amazon Rain Forest Deforestation Stems from Cattle Ranching. Livestock is a major threat to our environment and to the health of people and our planet. The current trend of meatless meat products that have the same taste and texture of meat will continue to get better and better and ultimately replacing meat, as future generations will not desire it because they have been raised without it.
5. Fast Food Restaurants of the Future Will Drop the Burger, Fries and Soda Menus and Will Serve More High-Quality Foods Like Meatless Meat, Organic Fruits, and Vegetables
The Baby Boomer Generation will be the last generation to become dependent upon traditional American fast food. We don’t believe economic uncertainty and falling grocery prices are the cause of failing fast food profits. Millennials and the younger generation simply want fresh, healthy and tasty food. The fast food industry has always lowered prices and increased portion size as a result of falling profits but this type of marketing no longer works and will work even less in the future.
6. Many Fast Food Companies Will Become almost 100% Automated
As younger generations will refuse to work for lower minimum wages in an industry that contributes to healthcare issues, the factory farms animal holocaust, greenhouse gas emissions and Deforestation, fast food companies will be forced to automate. This will actually improve profits, food quality, and the consistency of their food but they will have to change their menu radically as the baby boomer generation gets older.
We predict that the fast food industry, as it is today, will end with the end of the baby boomer generation. Millennials, who experience the death and decline of their parents from lifestyle and food diseases like, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer, Alzheimer’s and others will drive this change. They are aware of the factory farm, Animal Holocaust situation and will want to end these barbaric and inhumane practices. This means that as the millennial generation gets older and medical advances are made for sustaining human life, they will want fresh, non-GMO, factory farmed food. Future generations will be able to sustain perfect health with less food because of medical advancements and will equate food with energy and fitness.
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