“Fast” food is slow to decay — artist archives burger meal for six months

By Brett Michael Dykes, via Yahoo News:

Oh Happy Day 180. Like those relics of the saints, this Happy meal is looking like it's "incorruptable". Could be good for those folks who "need all the preservatives they can get". Picture via Yahoo News.

“Vladimir [Ilyich] Lenin, King Tut and the McDonald’s Happy Meal: What do they all have in common? A shocking resistance to Mother Nature’s cycle of decomposition and biodegradability, apparently.

That’s the disturbing point brought home by the latest project of New York City-based artist and photographer Sally Davies, who bought a McDonald’s Happy Meal back in April and left it out in her kitchen to see how well it would hold up over time.

The results? “The only change that I can see is that it has become hard as a rock,” Davies told the U.K. Daily Mail.

She proceeded to photograph the Happy Meal each week and posted the pictures to Flickr to record the results of her experiment. Now, just over six months later, the Happy Meal has yet to even grow mold. She told the Daily Mail that “the food is plastic to the touch and has an acrylic sheen to it.”

Davies — whose art has been featured in numerous films and television shows and is collected by several celebrities — told The Upshot that she initiated the project to prove a friend wrong. He believed that any burger would mold or rot within two or three days of being left on a counter. Thus began what’s become known as “The Happy Meal Art Project.”…”

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2 responses to ““Fast” food is slow to decay — artist archives burger meal for six months

  1. AJ

    Well doesn’t this just about say it all. Plastized food!! WHAT DOES THE FDA DO? WHAT DOES IT STAND FOR? The FDA gets paid by tax $$$ to ensure that we are consuming healthy food. Maybe the abreviation should stand for “Federal Deception Association.” I thought of a better description but it would be unprintable.

    Years ago I bought a hunk of nice green broccolli. I had forgot about it and weeks later found it as green as the day I bought it. I conducted my own experiment simular to the happy meal experiment, and 6 months later I threw out that beautiful bright green broccolli. I now buy nothing but organic produce from a know garden.

    Is it any wonder that so many of us are sick and diseased?

  2. Alpha Ether

    This is ridiculous, what the government’s done(or rather, what it hasn’t done) just for money. Even worse is the theory that it might be doing this ~because~ of how dangerous it is. What I mean is, it could be a form of population control. China had the One Child Policy, we have the All-Poison-You-Can-Eat Policy. Sounds far-fetched, that our “beloved government” would actually try to kill us off? Next time you go shopping, pick up any food item with GMOs or preservatives and sit it on the windowsill, in the sun, for a few days. See how it doesn’t mold? Imagine what else that stuff can kill.

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