Does that name ring a bell for anyone?? Maybe a picture will help….
He has also made appearances in the documentary films, FoodInc. and Super Size me.
I had the privilege of seeing him speak here on the UNT campus this past Wednesday night. I took notes, lots of notes and left the lecture hall with more new information that solidfies my stance on why so many people should try to eat as organic as possible.
He started off by suggesting that everyone read the book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Then he went into talking about how today’s crisis is our food system-how we produce our food, distribute our food, and consume our foods. In the last 40 years the food we eat has changed more than in the previous 40,000 years!!!!!!!!!!!!! Food is the most important industry in the US, and our civilization is based on the agriculture surpluses! Our food system is also dependent on our ignorance, and is completely anti-democratic.
He then went into media (most shocking part of all the information) and how different companies market their products. He stated that billions of dollars are spent on fast food ads, and how the mass media puts so much pressure on the skinny body types while advertising fatty foods that make people obese. To me its hard to watch a commercial with Kim Kardashian in it promoting Carl’s Jr. (even though she does eat a salad in the commercial) because if you eat carl’s Jr. most of the time the food they serve won’t promote a healthy life. I understand she is eating a salad but honestly its hard to not want the bad foods when you get around them…at least for me which is why I just try to stay away.
There is a new thing now called neuromarketing….anyone know what this is???? This is the worst thing I’ve heard of…..the corporations choose kids (of course with parent consent, or at least I hope so…but still bad) to put in an MRI machine, play the different ads for the kids to listen to/watch or whatever, and then if the kid enjoys the ad a green light will appear so the big corporation ppl will know to use that specific ad just so the kids will make sure to come flocking to the nearest McDonalds or whoever the ads are for. I mean honestly….HOW SICK IS THAT? Do we really need to stoop that low? I think its absolutely ridiculous, and so did the pregnant lady sitting next to me during the lecture….she definitely hugged her belly and told her little fetus that she would never allow anything like that to happen to him/her (didn’t ask her the sex of the baby).
Now I’m just going to put out a few tiny facts…..
*there are now only 13 slaughterhouses that process a majority of beef consumed by the 13 billion ppl. When there used to be thousands.
*We consume about 57 gallons of soda in a year (per person)
*1 out of every 3 toys that a child has is from a fast food place
*animals are now looked at as an industrial commodity
* never in human history has mankind raised livestock the same way we have the past 40 years
*Workers on the farms are basically receiving the same treatment as slaves
*15-20 thousand of farm workers are poisoned by pesticides in food
*As industrialization of food went up, Food poisoning went up
* 70-80% of anitbiotics are given to animals to eat which is why so many people are antibiotic resistant
He ended the lecture with this quote:
“For everything to be sustainable, we must be GROUNDED.”
Grounded is the key word. In my opinion we have lost our ethics in this country and its time for us to all come together, step up to the challenge and really make a change for the good of this country and world!!
How do you feel about all this information?????