McDonald’s Closed All Its Restaurants In Bolivia As The Nation Rejected Fast Food

mcdonaldsEarlier this year Fox News Latino notes that McDonald’s closed all of its restaurants in Bolivia after years of failing dismally to attract a customer base:

It’s hard to go anywhere in the world without seeing those Golden Arches, beckoning hungry patrons to chow down on a Big Mac or some Chicken Nuggets. But [in] Bolivia the last McDonald’s restaurant closed its doors in 2002 and, since then, the Andean nation has been fiercely independent about what fast food it serves its citizens.

Bolivia has become the first Latin American country to not have a McDonalds (Cuba, which has one on the American-controlled Guantanamo Bay, doesn’t count). Bolivians love hamburgers, but they prefer to buy them from the thousands of indigenous women selling on the streets than from a global company.

When Bolivia rewrote its constitution in 2008, the country made sure to take steps to protect its food sovereignty, or local control, from foreign interest. Not only were 12 articles added to the constitution regarding local control over food, but in the following five years, Bolivia also added two laws in resistance to industrial agriculture and an economy too heavily weighted toward commodity crops.

Morales, for his part, has railed publicly against U.S. fast food chains and their control over the global market, going as far as taking his complaints to the United Nations General Assembly. “They seek profit and to merely standardize food, produced on a massive scale, according to the same formula and with ingredients which cause cancers and other diseases,” he told the UN General Assembly about American fast foods.

The end of McDonald’s reign in Bolivia puts the Andean nation on a select list of countries without the Golden Arches, which includes North Korea, Libya, Vietnam, Kazakhstan and Vatican City.

6 Comments on "McDonald’s Closed All Its Restaurants In Bolivia As The Nation Rejected Fast Food"

  1. Bobananda Das | Nov 25, 2013 at 9:41 am |

    read the article – they didn’t reject fast food – they rejected american fast food because it’s an american company

    • Randys MarshmellowMan | Nov 25, 2013 at 10:57 am |

      who are you talking too?

      • Bobananda Das | Jul 1, 2014 at 2:21 pm |

        Ummm possibly the person who came up with the misleading and/or wrong headline for this article?

      • Ummm…Maybe anyone reading this article expecting the headline to be anything other than completely wrong?

  2. Mc Donalds needs to be expelled from everywhere. I mean what purpose does it serve?
    doesnt make you healthy
    does not help in any way

    its tasty i love it. and lived off of MCD for a while but later realize
    that the big MCD sign takes over your mind .

    everyone just keeps getting fatter., and no one is doing anything about it.
    we too busy with our phones . tv and gossip.

  3. melissa brittany | Apr 14, 2014 at 9:09 am |

    According to recent news by BidnessEtc; McDonald’s
    employees in Crimea have been offered the option to transfer with their
    families on the company’s expense to any Ukrainian branch with the same
    position, salary, and fee

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