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Behind the brands

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  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    http://www.democracynow.org/2013/2/27/behind_the_brands_on_food_justice

    Oxfam has released a comprehensive report that measures how the world’s 10 largest food companies perform on food justice issues. No company emerges with passing grades. The 10 companies Oxfam scores are Associated British Foods, Coca-Cola, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg, Mars, Mondelez, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever. Collectively, these companies make $1 billion a day. Oxfam based its report on seven criteria: small-scale farmers, farm workers, water, land, climate change, women’s rights and transparency. We’re joined by Chris Jochnick, a lead researcher for Oxfam’s new report, "Behind the Brands." [includes rush transcript]
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    Very enlightening. Thanks for posting this.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    Thanks for the post. I only hope that people start waking up to what they are putting in their bodies and how it not only affects them, but the greater society as a whole. If you're interested in seeing a much deeper look into the American corporate farming and food system, I would strongly suggest checking out the documentary "Food, Inc." It was released a few years back and is an in-depth look at what's in the food that the vast majority of American's eat. It explores the factory farms where our meat is slaughtered and exposes the horrid conditions that these animals are kept in. It also explores the genetically modified seed and how companies like Monsanto are monopolizing much of the agriculture in our country.

    The food supply of our country is not something that the majority of American population thinks about on a daily basis, but we should. The major corporations do not care about the health of a population, they care about profits. The biggest irony of this entire thing is that we had a movement in America back in the early 1900's to force companies to live by set standards to ensure food safety for the population. President Teddy Roosevelt signed the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Federal Meat Inspection Act on the same day back in 1906, much to the chagrin of the corporations that Mr. Roosevelt was trying to bust. So what did these corporations do? They packed up shop and relocated to countries that didn't have nearly as much oversight.

    It just goes to show that the battle will live on for perpetuity. However, this is one of the few things that an individual has the opportunity to change. We choose what we put into our mouths and it's on us to educate ourselves in that regards. The saying "buy local and buy organic" could not be more true today.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    My son was telling me about a movie he watched on food production in the USA. He said that in the processing plants, they take male chickens off the conveyor belt and toss them into a grinder that grinds up the whole thing. That gets put into dog food. Reason being, female chickens grow larger chicken breasts which is what's wanted at the fried chicken place. I've heard horror stories about how badly animals are treated when being processed for food. It's a real shame. There should be more human decency and less of a battle to maximize profits when good profits are already being made.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    For the big food producers the less you know, the better off you are. If you know the people who work there producing the food, most of them don't eat it. Meat products are the worst but true of just about ANY mass produced food product. How many parts per million of insects (cockroaches) are allowed by the government? Enjoy your bran flakes for breakfast tomorrow.

    And dont EVEN think about the production of sausages and hot dogs. If they taste good just enjoy them and don't think of what's in there...MMM MMM Good!