Eating is a primary daily concern for most animals. Humanity has surpassed the primordial concern for fresh food and water, people need to eat and it is a daily need, however it is not the most important matter to many people. Eating at all and eating healthy is not the foremost concern for most people or among top concerns at all. Money is normally a much more important subject than diet. Mortgages on property, payments on vehicles and spending and saving in general, is more important to most people than a healthy diet.
Concerns for time and money often override basic and primordial dietary needs. Many people prefer franchise fast food over alternatives. McDonald's for instance is experiencing growth during the current global economic decline. Fast food franchise restaurants offer convenience, value and variety, but not much nutrition, energy or opportunity to exchange ideas. Fast food franchise restaurants do well when there is a global recession, in part because they participated in manifesting the global recession.
Fast food franchises are a key aspect of globalization, both the successes and failures. Activity based on ideas of globalization eliminates and degrades localization, whether successful or not successful. Some communities experience development while others become dependents when concentration of efforts is based in globalization and not localization. Global integration instead of local development has manifested the global recession.
Although business has its benefit no matter, even fast food franchises, business also has backlash. Fast food franchise restaurants provide limited opportunity and commodity, however typically they eliminate opportunity as well. Locals are less able to come together to build and supply a competitive restaurant themselves. Fast food franchises develop globally, unconcerned for localism or locals.
It used to be when times were tough and commodities were needed, people would grow them. Today when hard times arrive more money is printed and distributed. In order to create and manufacture, things must be created and manufactured, but simply printing money won't cut it. Production of real goods is the only way to increase GDP and boost the economy.
Of course fast food restaurants or any restaurant would not exist if food was not grown and raised somewhere. The fast food factor that might contribute to a shrinking economy is not in food gathering and preparation necessarily, but in business formulation. The franchise business model is based on globalization and not localization. Corporate franchises seek expansion for their business and eliminate other local business options around the world.
Franchise fast food instigated acceptance of globalization by presenting cheap and fast meals that enable people to spend more time accomplishing more complicated pursuits other than food gathering and preparation. Fast food franchises are good for business, but that might be all they are good for. The first McDonald's restaurant opened in Moscow in 1990.
In order to successfully expand globally, fast food franchises must incorporate packaging and food products from far and wide. Their business model is pyramidal with intents on global growth to the point of global monopolization.
Fast food franchises have changed the diets of nations. Fast food franchises have also changed the notion of food gathering and preparation altogether. They have changed the diet of the world, the trade of the world, and also perhaps, much of world's perspective on food. Are tastes learned or acquired?
In the same way that the U.S.A. Government, first headed by the "lame duck" George Bush and then continued by Barack Obama, prefers to borrow and create money rather than grow or build actual usable goods, people would rather have inexpensive food quickly and easily. Franchise fast food is structured for globalization and benefit of institutions. It is a successful business model in any economic climate as long as somewhere in the world some agriculture continues, as long as someone is growing.
Chinese proverb: the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago, the second best time is now. Franchise fast food eliminates the notion that one should bother planting trees in order to have food rooted locally. Franchise fast food makes the ridiculous seem acceptable and the sensible seem impractical. If you could have one tree, what would it be?
Oligarchical collectivism is a term employed by George Orwell in "1984", his most well known work. An oligarchy is a rigid institution of many controlled by the few, best displayed as a pyramid. Oligarchical collectivism is an arrangement of pyramidal oligarchies into another complicated pyramid. Franchise fast food restaurants are designed in such pyramidal institutional partnerships.