Pandora’s Lunchbox on Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! looks at the processed food industry and how “decades of food science have resulted in the cheapest, most addictive and most nutritionally inferior food in the world“. Democracy Now! interviews Michael Moss, author of Salt, Sugar and Fat, and Melanie Warner, author of Pandora’s Lunchbox.

Full the full transcript of the video, click here.

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The Gray Area of Fast Food

A current fast food debate revolves around convenience versus health consequences. This debate centers around personal choice and preference of the consumer depending on the amount of time they have and are willing to take up to make healthy lifestyle choices and the convenience and accessibility of fast food. The Pro fast food camp focuses on the time it saves in this our current fast paced environment and the possible cost benefit for our wallets. The Con camp focuses on the health implications of fast food. Fast food is loaded with chemicals, large quantities of sugar, salt and fat, and frying foods tends to destroy most of the nutrients that were originally available in these foods. In combination with our sedentary lifestyle, fast food consumption has led to a spike in related health problems such as heart attacks and diabetes. Yet this debate leaves out many other aspects to this fast food issue, in other words, it does not address the “gray area”.

Ready in a few minutes for your convenience, loaded with salt, sugar and fat. Enjoy!(Photo Credit: Kristin Resureccion via Creative Commons License)

Ready in a few minutes for your convenience, loaded with salt, sugar and fat. Enjoy!
(Photo Credit: Kristin Resureccion via Creative Commons License)

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Coca-Cola in Favelas

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An early advertisement for Coca-Cola.
(Photo Credit: Dougal McGuire via Creative Commons

Coca-Cola is clearly a huge powerhouse and its products can be found worldwide. Yet how do they manage to hold onto such a huge share of the market? While many people may tell you that they just have perfected their products and have great advertising campaigns, it is a little more complex than that. Coca-Cola has a very aggressive marketing campaign that is constantly looking for new populations and markets to conquer. More specifically, poor areas are targeted, in the United States and abroad. Recently, Coke pushed to increase the consumption of Coke among the many Brazilians living in favelas, which are shantytowns in the outskirts of urban cities.

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