While the fast-food industry vigorously disagrees with the recently published report, the researchers say their data supports claims by fast-food workers, who have staged walkouts in 60 cities over the past year to highlight their lack of full-time schedules and benefits like health care and to call for a $15 hourly wage. “People who work in fast-food jobs are paid so little,” Jacobs says, “that having to rely on public assistance is the rule, rather than the exception, even for those working 40 hours or more a week.” MORE: ThenextMost Powerful Women in tech A separate study , also issued this week, directly blames 10 fast-food heavyweights, including McDonald’s ( MCD ), Burger King ( BKW ), Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts ( DNKN ), and Domino’s ( DPZ ), for more than half the total cost of the benefits, some $3.8 billion. McDonald’s alone accounts for $1.2 billion of the cost to taxpayers, the National Employment Law Project study found. The massive burger chain and others use a low-wage, no benefits model that forces workers to turn to the public safety net, the report found. “The seven largest traded companies paid $53 million in compensation to their CEOs, but low-paid workers are unable to afford the basic necessities,” says Jack Temple, author of the NELP report. Other corporations singled out by the NELP were Yum Brands ( YUM ), Wendy’s, Dairy Queen, Little Caesar’s, and Sonic. Berkeley’s Jacobs says that “one of the most surprising findings is that more than two-thirds of the fast-food workers were over age 20, and 68% are the main earners in their families, and more are parents raising a child than teenagers living with their parents.” “The CEO of McDonald’s makes more in a day than I do in a year,” says Devonte Yates, 21, who earns $7.25 an hour at a Milwaukee McDonald’s and receives food stamps. “Taxpayers are basically subsidizing the CEO, who has more money than he knows what to do with, and corporations need to pick up that slack.” In its defense, members of the restaurant industry argue that students make up a big chunk of their core workers and dispute the studies’ findings. “In addition to providing more than 13 million job opportunities, the restaurant industry is one of the best paths to achieving the American dream, with 80% of restaurant owners having started their careers in entry-level positions. In fact, nine out of 10 salaried employees started as hourly workers,” Scott DeFife, the National Restaurant Association’s executive vice president in charge of policy and government affairs, said in a statement. DeFife called the studies “misleading” and accused the researchers of failing “to recognize that the majority of lower-wage employees works part-time to supplement a family income. Moreover, 40% of line staff workers in restaurants, the primary focus of the reports, are students.” Jacobs says that only one-third of such workers are under 19. He also noted the large share of families on public assistance, even those who work 40 hours a week.
So for the fourth year running, were ranking the top 25 food-oriented blogs, ranked according to readership and social media following. Theres plenty of time to argue the merits of what makes a food blog great, be it the amount of breaking news, quality of the recipes, layout, industry usefulness, or wide appeal, but for todays (and previous years) purposes, we took a very objective approach: we tracked down nearly 200 leading food blogs, using “best-of” lists from sites including Saveur and Babble, and then compiled four data points on each of them: the average number of monthly visitors for the past year (using Compete.coms data), and the number of Twitter followers, Facebook fans, and Pinterest followers. To arrive at the final 25, we factored in the number of average unique visitors (this accounted for 50 percent of each blogs score) and the data from the three social media components (which accounted for the remaining 50 percent). The blogs with the highest total scores made the cut. While the list didnt change dramatically from last year, there were a few notable differences. The Kitchn made a leap from number six up to number two, and Picky Palate jumped from number 12 up to number five on our list. Skinnytaste , which ranked third last year, fell to number 10 this year, and David Lebovitz , whose star just keeps rising, jumped from number 11 up to number six. Simply Recipes held onto the top spot for the fourth year in a row. There were also several newcomers, while others fell off the list entirely. This year we welcome Bakers Royale , Chocolate & Zucchini , Elanas Pantry , Food52 , Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef , Simple Bites , and Thug Kitchen to our list, while we say goodbye to Annies Eats , Gluten-Free Goddess, Mommys Kitchen , Our Best Bites , Pinch My Salt, TasteSpotting , and A Year of Slow Cooking. Falling off our list in no way indicates a drop in quality; reasons vary from blog to blog.
Top food blogs of 2013
Mongolian food is not Chinese food. When Gold and her panda friend watch noodles float through the sky like clouds, those noodles are udon. Udon is Japanese food, not Chinese food. At the end, Gold and her friends dance around, again, a Mongolian BBQ. The dancers are made up to resemble geisha and theyre wearing kimonos; geisha and kimonos are Japanese, not Chinese. Oh, and theres a gong at the end. Screenshot from Chinese Food The fact that many Chinese restaurants in America serve foods from more than one Asian country will probably be used in a defense of the video, but thats a straw-man argument. Chinese Food is not racist because it depicts pan-Asian cuisine; its racist because it lazily traffics in racial stereotypes and paints over the distinctions between vastly different Asian cultures with the same its all Chinese to me! brush. Its difficult to tell whether Wilson understands that the song he wrote deals in harmful misinformation, but judging by his earnest responses to Rebecca Blacks success, its likely thats not the case. Chinese Food is another example of the kind of cultural tribute thats harmful even when it lacks malicious intent the reason many Americans still dont understand why, for example, the song What Made the Red Man Red from Peter Pan is racist, or why calling Washington D.C.s NFL team the Redskins is not okay. Theyre not explicitly hateful, of course, or even vicious, but they are ignorant and diminishing towards huge swathes of people, reinforcing ideas about them that are vastly overgeneralized and demeaning. A communication breakdown still exists in the space between the celebration of multiculturalism and the commitment of hate crimes, a space where people mean well and certainly dont consider themselves racist, but still obliviously inflict damage and then refuse to acknowledge its existence or impact. Yesterday, Gawkers Cord Jefferson wrote a thoughtful article that explained how racism exists not just in overtly hateful thoughts and comments, but in the framework of plausible deniability that builds up around racism and how insane that plausible deniability can make people feel. Like those terrible Asian schoolgirl jokes on Seth MacFarlanes new sitcom Dads, Chinese Food can attempt to hide behind the post-racial America argument, the one that says that its okay to exploit stereotypes because they cant do us any harm, not anymore but it will fail. Thats the real danger behind the myth of colorblindness, the myth of post-racial America: the potential for the racism embedded in this confectionery video to be denied and enjoyed anyway. The problem, particularly with a viral video like this one, is that everyone sees it, but not everyone sees the damage implicitly wrought by it.
Food Network Star Alex Guarnaschelli Joins Glad® to Tackle Food Waste in Homes Across America
On one hand, there exists a perception of consciousness and planning around grocery shopping. In fact, most Americans (65 percent) take stock of their home inventory before visiting the grocery store, and the majority of Americans (87 percent) say they are taking steps to preserve their purchases when they return home. But, despite the reported effort, food waste is a reality and a frequent occurrence with two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) throwing away food weekly or more frequently, which most commonly includes leftovers but also typical grocery items. For instance, fruits and vegetables (38 percent), dairy products (29 percent) and bread (29 percent) are the most likely offenders to make it from the fridge to the trash bin. In fact, nearly half of Americans (44 percent) have found an item in their fridge in the past month that they didn’t realize was there. Furthermore, Americans realize that throwing away so much food has negative impacts, but many don’t understand the extent of the damage. More than half (57 percent) recognize that the majority of food waste ends up in landfills, but just 16 percent of Americans link preventing food waste with significant environmental impact. And the environmental damage runs deep: food now represents the single largest component of municipal solid waste reaching landfills where it gradually converts to methane, a greenhouse gas at least 25 times more powerful in global warming as carbon dioxide. Even with this lack of awareness of the environmental impacts, Americans still feel guilty about wasting food. Many people (46 percent) feel the guiltiest related to discarding their foodstuffs given other people could have consumed it; while, nearly one third (32 percent) feel badly about the financial loss for their household when pitching food into the trash bin. The good news: realizing the possibility to reduce waste, Americans are willing to try a variety of methods. Most notably, nearly all of those surveyed (93 percent) are willing to consider storing food properly with wrap, bags or containers. Helping to Provide a Solution: #SAVEITSUNDAY Glad Food Protection recognizes the role its products play in storing and protecting food and is on a mission to do its part to help consumers protect the food they buy, the day they buy it. With the right preparation and protection on shopping day, the food they love could stay fresher, longer.