I heard an story on NPR the other day that Europeans had found that much of the hamburger they’d been buying was adulterated with pork and horse. Pretty heavily too. You’d think Yahweh or Allah would have let their people know. Apparently horse is good for you anyway, less fat, more protein.
The discussion about food versus profit raises a question: Does the capitalist system do a good job accounting for intangible value? I don’t really have an answer, but the phenomenon of the millionaire franchise owner selling lowest acceptable quality food contrasted to to the failing individual chef/restaurant providing the best food they can make seems worth looking at. Does this system not reward quality endeavors or even undermine them? I don’t really have an answer, or even a strong opinion, but I regret seeing quality and integrity struggle and so often fail. And, the initial post raises a question about how capitalism values service.
I don’t go to any of these places - not Applebee’s, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, TGIF, Fuddruckers, etc. partially because the food is somewhat poor quality, partially because I don’t totally trust the staff not to fart in the order, but mainly I dislike the atmosphere, and the majority of the patrons who go there. I seems to be at odds with most of America though, because they do like these establishments.
I suppose a chef who is trying to run their own unique place will attempt to provide a different atmosphere, different menu, etc. and this takes money - which they are probably not making.
It really is true that there not much “room for the little guy”, and this seems more strongly true in the restauraunt field. So capitialism doesn’t do a good job accounting for intangible value,IMO.