Whose fault is it anyways?


Cheesecake Factory: a well-known chain restaurant we all know that is usually connected to a mall. We all enjoy their cheesecake and their large portioned entrees. Cheesecake Factory provides their waiters and waitresses with good benefits like health insurance and service to their immediate families, which are uncommon in this field. Fortune ranked Cheesecake Factory Incorporated number 88 out of 100 Best Companies to Work For. Servers have the ability to earn $42,455 a year with benefits makes it a place severs enjoy the benefits of working there. These benefits are not normally offered to individuals who work as severs in other restaurants. But are employees allowing the benefits of the company to blind their judgment upon Cheesecake Factory’s social responsibility and supply chain.

Cheesecake Factory serves 80 million diners a year with everything on their menu that is bigger, richer, and tastier. The huge entrees taste relies heavily on flavorful pleasers like butter, cream, cheese, sugar, and salt. But is this healthy food? It is seen as amped up comfort food, which is one of the worst foods in America accordingly to Men’s Health. For instance, the Bistro Shrimp Pasta along has 3,020 calories, so is Cheesecake Factory crossing the line? Where is the company’s social contract to society? Cheesecake Factory is willing to cater the public’s taste for fats with their high calorie foods. Cheesecake factory is contributing to the unhealthiness of our society. So do they have a corporate responsibility to create a healthier, sustainable society? Corporate leaders may say that no one is force people to eat there. But I think companies like Cheesecake Factory should take responsibility in the type of food they are feeding our society and aiding our society’s illness.

So it is Cheesecake Factory’s responsibility or is it us as consumers?

On a broader scope, Cheesecake Factory’s supply chain has poor living conditions for their pork supply. Employees and consumers probably have no idea about this, but pork is one of Cheesecake Factory’s main ingredients and the form of obtaining is saddening especially for animal rights. Their pork supply has been using gestation crates, which are cages to confine breeding pigs so restrictively that the animals can’t even move around. Cheesecake Factory was not being transparent about their pork supply chain, but now in motion to eliminate the gestation creates by 2022. So can we really trust Cheesecake Factory? Since we are not aware of their overall supply chain and their supplier’s actions. I am sure employees, especially severs, are not aware of where the pork is coming from or treated. Would you as a consumer still want to eat there knowing this?

Do you think Cheesecake Factory has a responsibility to tackle these issues of animal rights and obesity?

Do you think this information is important for servers to know?

 

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5 thoughts on “Whose fault is it anyways?”

  1. Personally, I think that more companies in the U.S. should take a stand on social issues such as obesity, labor rights, and humane treatment of animals. However if Cheesecake is going to be victimized, almost the entire U.S. food industry should be too, because they too have been feeding their customers meat that comes from (what would be considered) inhumane farmers since it is mass produced and less expensive. In addition, an argument can be made that almost every chain restaurant contributes to obesity. In both cases, I believe, the blame falls on the customers to make the decision if they want to buy from a place that is unhealthy (or healthy) and uses meat from inhumane farms.

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  2. Food, compared to cigarettes, is tricky because it is both consumers and producers’ responsibility. We have to eat, abstention is not a viable choice.

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  3. I agree that part of the solution is for restaurants, fast food locations, and even grocery and other convenience to limit their serving sizes. Americans have wanted bigger and bigger portions and suppliers have given them just that with super-size, all-you-can-eat, and family-size food options. Part of the problem is that a lot of restaurant food is unhealthy but the other part is the portion of that unhealthy food. Most restaurants include healthy, low-calorie, and small portion meals in their menus so consumers do have a choice to eat healthier, they simply choose not to.

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