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Amazon Go Grocery Store opens in Seattle

The new AMAZON GO market,,,,,

This sounds like a 7-11 convenience market, but with more efficiency and stocking the food you promised yourself you’d eat more of this year…. using AI and many technologies to make the experience fast, efficient, with fresh, affordable, quality food.

  1. Walk in the store,
  2. You’ll log on to your Amazon account (download the free app)
  3. Shop for items – fresh food, prepared healthy meals (similar to the meal plan delivery sign-ups)
  4. This AI driven store will track your selections (using QR codes of items you pick up)
  5. Walk out with your items, items will be tallied and you’ll purchase them through the app.

You won’t see aisles of chips, baked goods and frozen food OR checkout lines.

More consumer testing is going on now…. but I hope we get to try it soon.

VentureBeat article

Nasty Snacks and Eating Badly

We’ve all been there before, haven’t we? On the go, hungry, with no time to sit down for a proper meal. Some time ago, entrepreneurs realized there was a market for on-the-go food, and we’ve been living in a nation filled with fast food joints ever since.

Documentaries Super Size Meand Fast Food Nation have opened eyes to the health risks of fast food consumption—obesity, heart disease, and so on. What’s largely ignored are the just-as-scary environmental issues resulting from fast food consumption.

It was my Mother who said you are what you EAT. She was right! Of course, she also said, “Eat your potato skins it will put hair on your chest!”  (Really Mom?)    – editor

Packaging

Fast food, like too many products for sale, is heavily packaged. Every component of a fast food meal is individually packaged, from the paper wrapping of the sandwich to the 1-ounce condiment packets and straw wrapper. There’s also the massive amount of packaging for items used by the restaurants—items come frozen and individually packaged in cardboard boxes, and despite the fact that most of this stuff is recyclable, less than 35% of fast food stores’ waste is diverted from landfills. Most of the items trashed by fast food restaurants are paper and plastic, items that can and should be recycled. Unfortunately, the majority of plastic and paper handled by fast food chains is put into the waste stream.

Transportation

Fast food retailers are also guilty of racking up a lot of miles in their transportation and distribution processes. Buying locally produced food is a good way to reduce the carbon footprint of your diet, but this is nearly impossible if you consume a large amount of fast food. The current average of field-to-plate travel distance for a meal is 1,300 miles, due well in part to the fast food industry.

Every truck and ship used to transport fast food products spews CO­­2 into the environment, and although McDonalds has said they’re “actively pursuing biofuels for transportation vehicles,” the vast majority of fast food transportation fleets run on fossil fuels.

Factory Farms

In order to lower costs and maximize meat production, fast food chains utilize factory farms, large-scale agricultural centers where large numbers of animals are packed into small areas and fed hormones to expedite growth. Aside from the ethical issues involved with factory farming—many animals never see sunlight during their short lives—factory farming creates significant methane emissions and water pollution through excessive fertilization.

The environmental issues with fast food come from the mass-produced nature of the product—chains operate thousands of stores across continents are always going to look to do things the cheapest way possible. While it may be unfeasible for the average person to cut fast food from his diet completely, our waistlines and our planet would be best-served if we used it exclusively as a last resort meal option. Locavorism, the movement of replacing fast food meals with locally grown, sustainable meals is gaining momentum, and it’s in all our best interest to ditch the burger chains whenever possible and jump on board.

Read PBS’ guide to becoming a locavore

Learn more at USAgain.com