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Archive for the category “Lies your cereal box told you”

Mmm. Farmers.

God made a factory farmer


This is great.


Sugar Washing

I’ve been getting riled up about food issues for about 12 years. First it was factory farming. Then it was industry lies about factory farming when people started to realize the jig was up. Then it was nonprofits. I was living in a world where everyone wanted to do this thing called “i-banking” and I was like um, yes, I bank, do you? (I didn’t get it). Then when entrepreneurs were like, I can start a nonprofit and make money at the same time while completely ignoring the broader issue of systemic oppression, I turned my attention to cause-marketing and the non-profit industrial complex. Then it was food paternalism. It’s still food paternalism, but more on that in a later post. For now, my target is sugar-sweetened beverages.

I’m tired of all this anti-soda talk coming from the public health community. If it’s not NYC, it’s some other state trying to restrict the food choices of low-income people by preventing them from buying soda with food stamps, in an effort to reduce obesity.

Everyone eats badly- obesity is rising everywhere, in every single country across the world, and the poor are supposed to have a better diet than the rest of us?

I heard something that the average american spends 40% of their income on food. Not the 10% figure that people talk about. The cheap food thing is a lie. But I digress.

But back to what really gets me riled up. Fruit juice. I loathe fruit juice. The conversation should stop being about soda, which everyone knows is bad for you, and focus on “healthy” foods that are *actually* bad for you but have been marketed to make people believe they are healthy and necessary to consume on a daily basis. Fruit juice is a sugar bomb.  It’s liquid candy with Vitamin C, that you can easily get from a variety of other sources.

If the public health community wants to get behind something to change in federal nutrition programs, frozen vegetables as part of the WIC package would be awesome in my opinion. Frozen fruit even. 

But more broadly, the solution is to regulate this type of marketing at the federal level. This marketing affects EVERYONE, and people eat foods that have sugar in ALL forms. I’m seeing the yogurt aisles being taken over by sugar-added yogurt. It’s hard to find a plain sometimes. More on that later.





If you can calculate how many miles it takes to burn these calories, your package is free!

I parodied the original email, which was an attempt to make money (I guess? Or maybe they were like me and trying to procrastinate too haha) by selling people something they could buy across the street at Tommy’s if they weren’t so lazy, but offer people door delivery and, well…nevermind. Just read it.
The Harvard College Democrats present…
buy them for yourselves and for your blockmates! packaged expensive crap never tasted so good!
Order by May 1 at 11:59PM
Delivered by May 3rd
Experience sugar high by 15 mins after consumption
The sugar crash and the hunger by mid-afternoon
two options:
option 1 – $5 – includes genetically modified corn, sugar, HFCS, FD&C No.40,  enriched wheat flour, and MSG (pop-tarts, fruit snacks, gum, popcorn, etc), easy mac, and ramen
option 2 – $10 – includes option 1 + dangeous chemical red bull + gift card to a greasy food joint in the square
(Don’t forget to click on the paypal link to pay!)

Fight diabetes with cookies!

From the annals of my undergraduate inbox.  My email commentary on said listserv blast.


Of course. Because selling calories, starch, fat, and oil as a way to ‘reduce stress’ will give proceeds to the cancer and diabetes society. MAKES A LOT OF SENSE. Emotional eating. yeah, that’s always helpful.

This is like selling meat with proceeds going to the national colon cancer prevention society.
also, LOVE the fact that sororities (that’s what this is basically) contribute to these random-ass national charities once a year and that’s their “community service”.
They should be selling FRUIT SMOOTHIES
**Disclaimer: I have not been to the gym since Tues. but I’m going TONIGHT!
———- Forwarded message ———-
Date: 2009/5/3
Subject: [Lowell-open] LAST DAY TO ORDER A BIG COOKIE!!!!
To: Lowell-Open <>

Stressed about the papers and final exams coming up?
Know a friend that has too much going on?

Delicious, homemade, personal-pizza sized cookies will be made for you or your friends by members of
*[Random Girls’ Finals Club full of women who would never actually eat said cookie]*

to ease the exam-period stress. Only $5! Order by Sunday, May 3rd.
Cookies will be chocolate chip with your choice of vanilla or chocolate frosting (or half and half!). Delivered to the door.
Order your cookies now and have them delivered the first week of reading period!
Just e-mail [person] with your order [name, chocolate or vanilla frosting, who you want it to be delivered to, their room number, optional message to be delivered with cookie]! And yes, if you were wondering, you CAN have a cookie (or 10) delivered to yourself!
Deliver your money to [mailbox] or email me to find a time so that I can pick it up.

All proceeds go to charity and are donated to the American Cancer Society and American Diabetes Association.

Hurry and get your order in today!


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