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Fast Food You Can Feel Good About

Posted by Tamar F.

The Mexican chain, Chipotles, prides itself on its philosophy of "food with integrity" - meaning unprocessed, seasonal, family-farmed, naturally raised, hormone-free and organic.

It was recently featured in an article about eating lunch on the cheap in these hard times. Business people are able to have decent meeting lunches there for less than $10 a piece. You can get soups, salads and sandwiches.

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The problem with Chipotle is that it is owned by Mcdonalds, or at least it used to be. They have also been known to not pay their workers fairly.

Farm workers who pick tomatoes for McDonald's hamburgers and Chipotle's burritos earn about 45 cents for every 32-pound container of tomatoes they pick, working from dawn to dusk without the right to overtime pay. That means they have to pick more than 3,500 pounds of tomatoes to earn $50. The 45-cent piece rate has not changed in nearly 30 years. Annual income for farm workers is extremely low--averaging $7,500 to $10,000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The vast majority of these farm workers receive no benefits: no health insurance, no sick leave and no vacation pay. Some families live in 10-foot by 10-foot rooms and pay $160 a week in rent, while McDonald's earns huge profits--$2.28 billion last year.
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