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The junk food industry is getting sneakier in its tactics to entice people into consuming its concoctions.
June 18, 2013 | With the exposure of troubling obesity rates, outrage over undisclosed genetically engineered wheat (and other) crops, the successful worldwide March Against Monsanto effort in May and statewide bans of GE crops that followed, the US citizenry is expanding its awareness and concern about food health. The junk food industry is responding by getting sneakier in its tactics to entice, exploit and beguile people into consuming its concoctions.
Here are a few of the most disturbing deceptions the industry is using to keep Americans hooked on its junk.
1. Branding Processed Foods to Look “Natural”
Those grill marks on your burger? Not real. They were put there by the factory, just like a pre-torn blue jean purchased at a name-brand store. Junk food companies are branding their foods to have a more natural, homemade appearance—and the painful, Orwellian doublespeak-style irony is that to do so actually requires more processing than ever.
Rather than switch to ingredients that are actually healthier and less processed, food engineers at companies with notoriously processed products—namely Kraft, Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Domino’s, among others—are responding to concerns surrounding overly processed foods with an unhealthy and deceiving facade of healthy looking foods.
Kraft Foods engineers spent two years manufacturing a Carving Board line process that would create uneven turkey slabs, and Wendy’s intentionally created curvier “natural squares” out of perfectly square beef chunks so the squares would appear less processed. Read More at Alternet.org
Workers in the nation’s largest brewery have transformed their operations and no longer send any garbage to dumps.
After nearly two years of developing ways to divert 135 tons of trash each month, MillerCoors leaders on Monday announced that all waste now is recycled.
Two years ago, brewery managers were paying Waste Management to haul those tons of glass, spent grain and hops, plastics and metals for burial in metro landfills. MillerCoors now projects a $1 million a year revenue boost from the sale of recycled materials at the Golden plant alone.
Hops and barley, prime ingredients in the annual production of 346 million gallons of beer, is trucked away daily and used to feed cattle.
Discarded glass is sent to a nearby plant that makes new bottles.
Cardboard moves to mills. Plastic wrapping becomes grist for composite decking at homes. Metals are hauled to scrap yards for re-sale into global commodities markets.
Making this shift “is important,” said Phil Savastano, MillerCoors’ vice president in charge of the brewery. “We feel that, in order to compete long into the future, we need to protect our resources and maintain our environment.”
Jon Stewart breaking down the bullshit that surrounds us (prepare to be angered/disturbed/frustrated):
From TheAtlanticWire.com: Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart explained that the Department of Justice is going after people whose crimes seem minor—especially when you look at them in comparison to what Wall Street executives did to create the financial crisis. To which Stewart asked: “What, none of them bought pot?”
In addition to recently monitoring journalists (Stewart defended Fox’s James Rosen) and whistleblowers (“They believe in freedom of the press, just not freedom of speech for people who might talk to the press”), the DOJ is cracking down on hackers and potheads: “Basically, if you could played on a movie by Kevin Smith,” Stewart said, “the feds would like a word with you.”
But how about banks? Well, Eric Holder and Co. don’t seem too eager to prosecute them.
By now you are likely aware that carbon dioxide levels have reached 400 parts per million in Earth’s atmosphere. It’s been three million years since that last happened, but there were no humans around then to endure the epic sea level rise, crazy droughts, hotter temps, and the mass swampification of once-arable land.
Scientists are just as certain as ever that this is the case—a recent study revealed that 97% of scientific papers that tackle climate change confirm it’s caused by human activity—but many people remain unconvinced. Maybe that’s because words are often boring, and a lot of them are written on the internet, where it is especially easy not to believe things.
Good thing then that we also have charts, visualizations, maps and graphs. Yes, charts are also posted on the internet. They are, however, arguably easier to not be distracted from. So, in the name of good data ecology, here is the story of our 400 ppm world told with fewer words, and more lines and numbers. Starting with the most important number of all
Los Angeles, CA: Subjects who regularly inhale cannabis smoke possess no greater risk of lung cancer than do those who consume it occasionally or not at all, according to data presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy for Cancer Research.
Investigators from the University of California, Los Angeles analyzed data from six case-control studies, conducted between 1999 and 2012, involving over 5,000 subjects (2,159 cases and 2,985 controls) from around the world.
Researchers reported, “Our pooled results showed no significant association between the intensity, duration, or cumulative consumption of cannabis smoke and the risk of lung cancer overall or in never smokers.”
Preclinical studies have documented that cannabinoids possess potent anti-cancer properties, including the inhibition of lung cancer cell growth. To date, however, scientists have yet to conduct clinical trials seeking to replicate these results in human subjects.
For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500 or Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: email@example.com.
New green tech:
Fuel cells are a tough sell. So much so that GreenTech Media has a running joke: it opens its fuel cell articles with a list of the top three profitable companies in the field. Inevitably, all three are slots are blank. Get it? Despite the fact that the basic technology has existed for decades now, not a single major company has managed to make a fuel cell product viable.
Until now-ish, maybe. The biggest fuel cell concern running, Bloom Energy, is edging perilously close to profitability. Its 100 kilowatt solid oxide fuel cells, called Bloom Boxes, have now been installed at Google, Bank of America, Walmart, and beyond, for around $700,000 a pop.
Read more (source): Motherboard.
Folks, watch this, get motivated, stop listening to diversion banter, share, rinse and repeat:
There’s no sources and I don’t know who’s speaking, but I’m willing to say this sounds legit. Whereas a lot of ‘official’ numbers scream, “Bullshit!!”