Earth Day tends to simmer some rather strange stuff to the surface of the Internet. For instance, Ana Swanson posts on Wonkblog at the Washington Post, all “7.3 billion people on Earth could fit into New York City,” if they all stood really close together. We’re guessing that experiment would smell considerably worse than a CAFO. Some folks, however, see Earth Day as just another reason to hawk discounts and freebies on mostly useless products – like a “free organic milkshake” at EVOS. AgWeb blogger Stephanie Mercier reminds us that while the first Earth Day in 1970 marked what many consider the beginning of the modern environmental movement, modern conservation efforts actually started decades earlier when farmers struggled with the Dust Bowl.
They’re Not “Lovin’ It”
McDonald’s says it has closed 350 restaurants around the world in response to negative sales and traffic in each of its major markets. The closures include 220 restaurants in the U.S. and China, and 130 in Japan. McDonald’s is suffering a two-year sales slump as same-store sales fell 2.3% during the first quart of this year. A new plan to improve sales and profits, however, was welcomed by Wall Street in trading early Wednesday. Shares of the world’s largest fast-food chain rose 3.8% to $98.38 per share.
A new ad from HumaneWatch.org running on national cable TV targets the deceptively named Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The ad, titled “Would You?,” features several people asking if viewers would give to HSUS knowing certain facts about the organization, such as that it recently paid a multimillion-dollar racketeering settlement. View the ad here. So, despite all the negative press HSUS has received over the years, how do they continue to survive? Fortune magazine offers a closer look at the organization’s methods.
Carnitas Shortage Continues
Chipotle says it doesn’t expect its pork shortage to fully recover until near the end of this year. That means fans of its carnitas will just be disappointed. The Denver-based company said Tuesday it is working with suppliers to get pork back in its roughly 1,800 restaurants by the fourth quarter. The shortage began in January and affected about a third of its restaurants after the company said it suspended a major supplier over animal welfare violations.