First off, I have watched nearly every documentary on food offered on Netflix. Currently, I am watching Fed-Up which is appropriately titled because it makes you Fed-Up at our government for succumbing to food-industry giants at the expense of the health of our nation- especially our children.
Solving the obesity pandemic is why I am in grad school at Josef Korbel School of International Studies focusing on Global Health and Food Security. I am guessing DU Accepted me largely due to my letter of intent evaluating the power of children’s school lunch programs to turn around malnutrition or create obesity.
The US has created the world’s deadliest diet and is exporting it to other countries. It is a war. We have to change the way we produce, market, and consume food.
My war now is with myself. As I reiterated before, my goal is to eventually free myself from purchasing and consuming any food from the following top 10 food grossing companies who have too much political pull over the market and influence on public policy and government’s decisions: PepsiCo, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Associated British Foods, Mondelez Intl (Kraft), Mars, Danone, Unilever, Nestle, CocaCola (PGKAMMDUNC)
For example, these images may look healthy because I added leeks, carrots, and Kuner’s black beans (owned by Fairbault foods, which is a subsidy of the Mexican Canning Company La Costena) to Annie’s Organic White Cheddar and Shells.
*Mac n’ cheese is my vice/go-to unhealthy processed meal and I thought I was improving by chosing Annie’s, but to my dismay, Annie’s “sold-out” to General Mills in 2009. So now this is a no.no. 🙁
Alternatives- Amy’s Mac N Cheese– but it is a frozen food, although family owned, organic and simple ingredients with no preservatives!!
Better yet- Make your own from scratch!
Ways to make boycotting PGKAMMDUNC easier:
- Drink mostly water
- Eat tons of whole fruits and vegetables
- Avoid processed Foods
Some of my downfalls this weekend include:
Tostitos–> FritoLay, owned by PepsiCo
Otherwise, I think I was pretty good.
If you’re interested in Food Marketing and it’s effects on consumers, check out this tremendous report by Anna Lappe and sponsored by Friends of the Earth, SPINNING FOOD: