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Open your eyes. Hidden in plain sight, yet coming to light more and more everyday, are the “crimes” of the food industry giants. With movies such as Food Inc. and books like Salt Sugar Fat, the food industry’s secrets and unethical practices are becoming public. While the USDA and FDA look on, the control of the food supply has become concentrated into the hands of a handful of corporations who put profit ahead of everything, including human rights, the environment and public health. The overabundance of food in the United States contrasts sharply with the millions of starving individuals worldwide. Our highly profitable food industry focuses on getting people to eat more food in larger quantities so as to generate more revenue.

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The food business is a huge industry, generating nearly $900 billion in sales in 2000.¹ These industries have learned to outmaneuver regulation and use lobbying to advance their interests in the political realm. From the government giving very vague dietary guidelines to schools selling junk food, companies have found a way to target as many audiences as possible to sell their products. Food politics are tied into the well being of the future generation and so far, it seems that they are headed for destruction. With more than one-third of U.S. adults that are obese², 25.8 million Americans having diabetes³, and bacteria such as E.Coli becoming prevalent, there is clearly an issue.

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Yet the food industry does not only affect the United States, it has a global effect. Seeing as profit is the king in the eyes of these food and beverage conglomerates, much of the developing world is negatively affected. Due to cheap land and labor being necessary to generate these kinds of profits, many human rights are violated. For example, Coca-Cola is facing allegations of child labor in its supply chain in the Philippines and in 2009, Kraft was accused of purchasing beef from Brazilian suppliers linked to deforestation in order to graze their cattle. ⁴ Therefore, this website attempts to expose some of these “snack crimes”.

¹Food Politics

²Center for Disease Control and Prevention

³American Diabetes Association

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