Hamburgers in Paradise: The Stories Behind the Food We Eat

by Louise O. Fresco,
The Portland Oregonian, November 19, 2015

In Canada, where a hamburger, French fries, and a coke is called "the holy trinity," advertisers once claimed "There's a little McDonald's in everyone." After all, we are, to no small extent, what we eat. As Louise Fresco, the president of Wageningen University and Research Center in The Netherlands, reminds us, the burger has replaced the apple as the universal symbol of food, telling a story of temptation and sin, abundance, status, technological innovation and, "a new consciousness of responsibility for the earth."

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