10 Worst Food Companies that are Poisoning You Daily and Lying About It

June 8, 2015   |   Jake Anderson

Op-Ed by Jake Anderson
June 8, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) Much of the mainstream American food supply is laden with unhealthy additives, artificial flavorings, coloring, dyes, preservatives, hormones, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and toxins. Not everyone agrees that GMOs have been proven harmful to humans, which is why the food chains listed here were selected specifically because they are responsible for a wide variety of health violations—the GMOs and their concealment from public knowledge are included for informational purposes.

As with all things, I urge you to read with your head on a swivel, adjusting your worldview based on new information.

#1: ConAgra Foods

ConAgra—whose brands include Hunt’s, Healthy Choice, Marie Callender’s, Orville Redenbacher, Slim Jim, Reddi-wip, Egg Beaters, Hebrew National, P. F. Chang’s, and Bertolli—labels many of their products under the confidence-inspiring statement of “made with all natural ingredients.” Their slogan, “Making the food you love,” is equally charming and disingenuous. Unless you contextualize them in a world of Orwellian doublespeak, these statements are the antithesis of truth. ConAgra was found guilty of “health code violations and bacterial contaminations at its food processing facilities, which have endangered consumers and in some cases been linked to deaths.” They’ve also concealed the use of GMOs in their products and practice unethical factory-farm sourcing.

In 2003, it was revealed that for two years, ConAgra had been poisoning Americans with E.coli-tainted beef, which the USDA was complicit in covering up.

#2: General Mills

Trisodium Phosphate (also known as TSP) is an additive and flavor enhancer found in thousands of frozen and processed foods, including kids’ cereals. It also happens to be an ingredient that was used in industrial cleaners—that is, until the EPA declared it unsafe for human exposure. Still, that doesn’t stop General Mills from using it. It’s okay, though, because GM states: “In our food products we use very small amounts [of TSP]”. Phew! Only a small amount of poison, thank God!

Up until just this year, General Mills’ foods also used BHT, or butylated hydroxytoluene, which animal tests have proven to be toxic.

General Mills has also come under fire for the widespread use of GMOs in nearly all of its foods. The company actively lobbies against any required labeling of GMO ingredients and it spreads disinformation concerning the safety of GMOs.

#3: Kraft Foods

There’s a reason why Kraft’s Mac N’ Cheese has such a beautifully golden hue to it: it’s the artificial coloring agent Yellow No. 6, which has been linked to hyperactivity, asthma, skin conditions and even cancer. In 2013, Kraft bowed to pressure and removed the artificial coloring, but tens of thousands of people have already consumed their products. Kraft also hides the presence of GMOs in their foods while actively fighting against regulations to require the labeling of these potentially dangerous ingredients. And, of course, their highly processed, pre-packaged products contain high amounts of fat, sugar and sodium.

Oh, and one last thing: as of March 18th, 2015, Kraft was in the process of recalling 6.5 million boxes of Mac N’ Cheese because some of them contained fragments of metal.

#4: Heinz

Heinz recently lost a lawsuit over false advertising. They’ve been busy lying to the public by labeling products made from GMOs as all natural. Whether you tolerate GMOs in your food or not, the fact is that this company has a proven track record of lying to the public.

Furthermore, Heinz products contain the following ingredients: tomato concentrate made from non-organic tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), corn syrup, salt, and variety of spices and flavorings. Each squirt of that classic ketchup contains pesticides, HFCS (a neurotoxin), a particularly unhealthy type of sugar, and table salt, which dehydrates the body and depletes minerals.

You don’t have to stop eating ketchup—just switch to a healthy organic brand. The same goes for all of these foods.

#5: Campbell’s Soup Company

Is it a prerequisite for success that all large food companies must actively lie to their customers? Campbell’s soup, forever emblazoned in our minds by Andy Warhol’s iconic prints, has been a staple in most American homes for decades. Unfortunately, Campbell’s has been sued for hiding the presence of GMOs and for labeling foods as low-sodium when they contain as much salt as regular products. The average cup of Campbell’s soup contains a staggering 850mg of sodium. Unless that’s your only major meal of the day, consuming it means you’re risking heart attacks, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Just as importantly, if not more so, is the fact that for many decades, Campbell’s has lined its epoxy-resin cans with the toxic chemical, bisphenol A (BPA). “BPA has been linked in lab studies to breast and prostate cancer, infertility, early puberty in girls, type-2 diabetes, obesity, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,” according to Breastcancerfund.org. Only recently did the company finally bow to pressure and phase BPA out of its production.

#6: Coca-Cola

Does this really surprise anyone? By this point, you should be aware of the myriad health problems that Coca Cola and Diet Coca Cola cause, but sometimes it’s helpful to break it down to the specifics. Coca Cola has over a half dozen chemical additives that are detrimental to your health: E150D, a food coloring agent; E952, or Sodium Cyclamate, a synthetic sugar substitute that was actually banned by the FDA in 1969 and then inexplicably reinstated by WHO a decade later; E950, or Acesulfame Potassium, which is 200 times sweeter than sugar, very addictive, and is bad for the cardiovascular and nervous system; E951, or aspartame, a sugar substitute that has been linked to brain tumors, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), epilepsy, Graves’ disease, chronic fatigue, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, mental deficiency and tuberculosis; E338, or Orthophosphoric Acid, which can cause irritation of the skin and eyes; and E211, or Sodium Benzoate, a compound that, according to one study, damages human DNA.

#7: Nestlé

Nestlé is one of three companies using GMOs in their infant formula. Okay, so maybe you want to trust corporate-paid scientists about the safety of GMOs— but Nestlé also has the additional track record of using traces of the industrial poison melamine. For context, this is the same chemical that sickened at least 50,000 Chinese infants in 2008.

Purina, which is owned by Nestlé, also had a lawsuit filed against it for the use of propylene glycol, a known animal toxin and component of automotive antifreeze in its dog food. After over 3,000 dogs became ill, Purina responded on its website that propylene glycol is “an FDA-approved food additive that is also in human foods like salad dressing and cake mix.” How reassuring.

#8: Kellogg’s

Kellogg’s has been the target of a nationwide ban over GMOs after spending over $1,012,552 on pro-GMO, anti-organic media propaganda in California, Washington, and Oregon in order to defeat GMO labeling initiatives. Did the nationwide ban impact Kellogg’s corporate ethos? Unfortunately, the company actually doubled down and its products now contain 100% GMO corn that contains traces of glyphosate and BT toxins.

#9: PepsiCo

Following the lead of Coca Cola, Pepsi vowed to changed its formula after a California law mandated a carcinogen warning for soft drinks. Nevertheless, the vast majority of Pepsi still contains 4-methylimidazole, or 4-Mel, which has been linked to cancer in humans.

Another major opponent of GMO labeling laws, PepsiCo invests millions in celebrity endorsements to make sure you don’t equate their products with obesity, diabetes or cancer. A 2014 study has shown Pepsi has even more sugar fructose than previously believed.

#10: Hershey’s

Along with many other chocolate companies, Hershey’s was recently found to have unsafe levels of lead—which can lead to neurological damage and learning disabilities—as well as cadmium, which can cause reproductive harm and damage to the kidneys, liver, and bones.

Additionally, Hershey’s has spent more than a million dollars to make sure you can’t be certain whether or not the candies you are eating contain GMOs. Their most popular treats contain many modified ingredients, a fact they obviously hope stays unknown.


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Author: Jake Anderson

Jake Anderson joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in April of 2015. His topics of interest include social justice, science, corporatocracy, and dystopian science fiction. He currently resides in Escondido, California.

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  1. Why didn't you add the wine industry to your list? Because they are regulated by ATF they DO NOT have to list on their labels a single toxic chemical or additive used in the winemaking process. Just take a look at the list of chemicals wine consumers know nothing about. http://www.superorganicwines.com/chemical-free

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  2. So…why not do a list of healthy alternatives? Although this is most likely true, without being a chemistry major, this still feels like a scare campaign…

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  3. Where are your sources??? Don't post anecdotal evidence, it is useless to anyone with half a brain. I'm not defending any of these companies, but I have no respect for fear mongering. And by the way, my dog is a GMO, how do you think we got all the different breeds of dogs? Ever given that a thought?

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  4. Everything is bad for us .working is bad for us so i will keep eating the foods and drinking my pepsi. They can kiss my butt

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  5. First, you only ask for sources because you're to lazy to look them up yourself. Second, its not a 'scare' campaign, its a truth campaign. Third, there is a difference between genetic breeding to genetically modify an organism and scientists mutating genes in a lab

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  6. As a research scientist and as a biologist, this is one of the most laughable, try hard articles that I have ever read. It's so blatantly ill-researched that it's rather cringe-worthy. Sadly, the uneducated will read your "big words" and be fear stricken. Keep poisoning people's minds, bud. You're probably against GMO producting too huh? Jerk.

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  7. So much water and soil is contaminated with levels of arsenic. Should we quit eating and drinking as well?

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  8. Why can't our junk food just be fattening why in the Fuck do we have to risk getting cancer and growing a third nipple??

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  9. what a bunch of bull shit, written by some people with too much free time instead of scientists. It's a sad thing that these so called "jounalists" try to ruin the names of these companies. As overall the foodlaw is very strict and followed carefully. So instead of blaming these companies, blame legislation when you think that an ingredient shouldn't be in human food.
    When a company does a recall due to the fact that it might contain metal parts, that should be a positive thing that they have such good quality control over their production that they actually notice that it was in there at all. In all productions something can go wrong, it's just the matter how companies deal with it and I think they deserve some credits by just taking back a big amount of the products, which doesn't only cost a fortune, but the damage to the reputation at such point is even bigger.

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  10. To all the stupid people asking for sources (probably being paid to defend this companies), the text in red color in the article indicates links to another articles and websites used as source. Morons.

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  11. Everything not from that list.

    Organic options is the way to go!

    US is staring lacking of organic food and NEED to import it becouse people turn to healthy living than chamical frankenfood.

    Avoid at all cost all brands below if you want to have healthy live, children and grandchildren:

    http://i.huffpost.com/gen/585370/original.jpg

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  12. Suawek Wheeler I'll never argue the opposite. That's something my wife and I agree on but my problem with articles of this nature is that they often present the problem and not a clear cut solution to resolving the problem. Just because my family and I decide to grow our own foods or shop with local vendors is a very small portion of the solution, that has to be something that is taught to and embraced by the masses. Unfortunately, there is still a greater epidemic of supply & demand in which demand sometimes far outweighs supply…It's no wonder that you can order 50 wings from BDubs and then wonder why they're bigger than your newborn's arms…

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  13. I understand you are making jokes around here playing surprised or simply you are a corp-trolls or it is an Astroturf PRank!

    1. GMO is not a magical nor mysterious stardust which lift us on a higher level of nutrition.
    It`s a hardcore chemical which is supressed from being further researched by any companies than MonSatan.
    Same for Roundup. Would you drink it by the glass? Or maybe happily spray yourself with it? No? Than you have to know that you actually eat it and fighting to digest ON DAILY BASIS!

    2. Not labelling food of its full ingredients or even recent enforced law for removing “country of origin” is not pro-human, nor pro-life.
    It`s a move to dumb down people and subdue to corporation and ENFORCE trust so people think they eat healthy.

    3. Obesity and diabetes caused by incredible amounts of sugar is not “normal” thing in our society. It`s unfortunately marginalized and even worse – accepted as today’s way of living.
    58% of daily body allowance can be found in ONE CAN of soda! Imagine you drink 4 cans, eat piece of chocolate, drink starsucks frappuccino, topped up with two slices of bread with Nutella and finish with big ice-cream. It`s a trauma and shock to your body. You can say “I do that and look! I`m alive!”. Yes you do, but how do you live, at what cost and for how long?
    You need sugars, you say. You do and have it – in every other meals. Look for nutrition, not not-ritions

    4. Would you rather live self-sufficient and have access to nature? Oh yes you would!
    Forget it if you line up with food (or other) corporations! If you would live in Venezuela or in few states you would be pay FINES FOR COLLECTING RAIN WATER.
    In addition, look up for Nestle, who`s chairman said that water, common nature resource – should be privatised and people shouldn`t have free access to it.

    5. Why the hell do you need aspartame, when there are many natural sweeteners?
    If you don`t mind aspartame, than prepare yourself or your future generation for body malfunctions, dementia and cancer/tumors.

    6.etc.

    If you are already here and managed to read above you most probably missed one stable datum. Corporations.
    If you say “people destroying good name”, “they do research on their products” or “it has to be approved by FDA” or even “they are so everywhere that can`t be wrong”… you are the part of the problem.

    Corporations lay the laws according to they standards. How? Money taking. Profits.
    How can you say that food is healthy when you inject chemicals and keeping secret what`s in it?
    Who set approved levels of chemicals in our food? FDA? Yes, backed by corporations interest. APPROVED LEVEL OF CHEMICALS! Yummy!
    Monsanto? MonSatan. Agent orange during the war – frankenfood during the “peace”. Same effect, same kill.
    Who is sitting in the Supreme Court of Justice and do in favour of Monsanto? C. Thomas, recent Monsanto attorney.

    Avoid at all cost below if you want to live healthy, unslaved life:

    http://www.oxfamamerica.org/static/media/files/Behind-the-brands-illusion-of-choice-graphic-2048×1351.jpg

    Etc.

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  14. Denard Thomas there is a very strong sentence "You vote with your money".
    People already turn away from Monsanto or McDonalds. Their stock plummets recently quite hard.
    This is something which you can do – stop buying/support corporations and you cause effect.

    Another wise thing: “Think global, act local”.
    As an overall solution for yourself – buy local, support local shops and vendors.
    That will gather and build critical mass at some point and we will finally win back our sanity.

    Nutrition. Focus on that. That`s simple, personal solution. Research what you about eat. Who sells it, what`s in it.

    Other cut solution would be to educate people and share with others. Instead of sitting and complaining how bad it is and how nothing can`t be done – as I did many years ago – stand up strong and spread knowledge with folks.

    Third advise: “You know what you know”.
    I believe this is the most powerful one. This is a part of integrity of your own. If you KNOW and OBSERVE something is sick (food, soil) nobody will have strength to change your mind. If you lose it – you lost yourself.
    Therefore, educate yourself on healthy living for you and your family. What`s good for you. Not what`s good for greed and profits.

    Me and my wife put an extra 10-20% of previous grocery expenses and eat 97% organic.

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  15. Denard Thomas there is a very strong sentence "You vote with your money".
    People already turn away from Monsanto or McDonalds. Their stock plummets recently quite hard.
    This is something which you can do – stop buying/support corporations and you cause effect.

    Another wise thing: “Think global, act local”.
    As an overall solution for yourself – buy local, support local shops and vendors.
    That will gather and build critical mass at some point and we will finally win back our sanity.

    Nutrition. Focus on that. That`s simple, personal solution. Research what you about eat. Who sells it, what`s in it.

    Other cut solution would be to educate people and share with others. Instead of sitting and complaining how bad it is and how nothing can`t be done – as I did many years ago – stand up strong and spread knowledge with folks.

    Third advise: “You know what you know”.
    I believe this is the most powerful one. This is a part of integrity of your own. If you KNOW and OBSERVE something is sick (food, soil) nobody will have strength to change your mind. If you lose it – you lost yourself.
    Therefore, educate yourself on healthy living for you and your family. What`s good for you. Not what`s good for greed and profits.

    Me and my wife put an extra 10-20% of previous grocery expenses and eat 97% organic.

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  16. Cross-breeding by normal (physical) ways is called Nature.
    Injecting food or embryos with chemicals and experimenting on them (by adding spider genes to sheep or weed resistant junk in plants) in lab is Artificial and wrong.

    Your dog is not Genetically Modified Organism. He/she is cross-breed, which is nature-way and it handle itself without flaws or tumours.

    Gave a thought to that?

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  17. Companies earn money and managers are all involved in it.
    simple all additives that are harmful or falsely stated Discription as heathly carry prison term and confiscation of all assets and repay all medical bills of all consumers of their products including long term periods for life time of people which has bought their products in good faith. Profits should not come off the back or health of all there workers or the general public. No burden of proof as to what's harmful which is making people I'll just that it is in food and shouldn't be in it at all.
    Prison sentence for all manufacturers knowing poisons are in the food they produce additives should not be in food including salt and any form of sugars or chemicals added to addictive included.
    Prison sentence should include the menial but very much needed to aid hospitals cleaning streets community work repaying all injuries caused or working with those people in need of some sort or kind of help. Cancer or all by product illnesses or have offenders work and replace lost income to everyone involved not allowed to flee country or reapply for permit to start another company under a different name.
    assets of all mangers and all the directors held in trust funds to aid and administer hospital bills and loss of earnings.
    big business has had it profits at the health and welfare for long enough now it is time they paid for in fact a crime against mankind and environment.
    no proving claims required to access to funds. Making sure that the finance isn't placed in off shore or other countries so that the funds stay in the area of the country that the violations took place and all sister companies involved worldwide included in the repaying system.

    THAT SHOULD STOP ALL FRAUDULENT CLAIMS ALL SCAMS AND ALL ACTIONS AGAINST THE COMMON GOOD AND WELFARE OF THE WORLD WHICH ALSO INCLUDES PATIENTS, PRICE FIXINGS AND OVERPAYING DIRECTORS AND MANAGERS WHETHER HIDDEN PROFITING OR OPEN ALSO FRINGE BEFITS NOT DECLARED WORLDWIDE.

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  18. Oh, I see. So if I consume meat, it has toxins and whatever chemicals that aren't healthy for human consumption. And animals are being slaughtered inhumanely. If I drink milk, it also contains these or those chemicals or whatnots, so don't drink milk. If I eat veggies, they're also full of toxins and pesticides and that GMO thingamajig, fruits too. If I eat cereal, that also contains that GMO stuff. If I drink water, it has all sorts of impurities. Even if I breathe, I'm putting into my lungs all kinds of virus and bacteria. I KNOW, I can just consume salt. No, wait, that ALSO elevates my already high blood pressure. So, what now?

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  19. "As a research scientist and as a biologist",….then perhaps you should know Grant. Do a little research on health and sickness in the US. We are one of worst, if not the leader, in sickness and chronic disease of the industrialized nations on the planet. We are 5% of the population yet we consume more than 50% of the drugs manufactured on the planet. Does that not make you curious why we are so sick? We spend more on health than any other country in the world yet we rank 37 in our health system compared to other industrialized nations. And just where do you think this sad state of health comes from? Diet is a HUGE factor if not the single most influential factor in our health. The typical American diet consists of so many chemicals, dyes, preservatives, steroids, hormones, antibiotics and other junk that makes us sick it's amazing we live as long as we do. it's hard to call most of it actual food. For you to deny that this stuff is hazardous to our health is laughable.

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  20. Organic food little lady! No GMO, no pesticides, no toxins.

    If you go that paranoid logic of yours you can quickly and easily loose it.

    The remedy for you is to be aware of things which are good, but healthy for you yourself.

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  21. Grant, which PR / Corporation / Astroturf hell pit you are working bud?
    Is it good payed job these days to be their troll?

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  22. Grant, which PR / Corporation / Astroturf hell pit you are working bud?
    Is it good payed job these days to be their troll?

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  23. Nic Pranger you are right. Organism. Artificial.

    You are missing important thing: “Genetically Modified”, which is with high importance!

    If somebody`s messing with genes, and if you digest it – all that mutated parts are staying in your body, mixing with your DNA, affecting your health, and at the end of day – you are experimented on and modified.

    How is that for strength and pro-survival?

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  24. Lee D. Russo I'm not going to say you're wrong, because you're right to some extent. It is diet mixed with a sedentary lifestyle. But it's not things like "aspartame" and "benzoate" that are killing us. It's high sugar, high fat diets mixed with a sedentary lifestyle. It's also eating WAY too much to feel satisfied. What we are eating isn't poisonous in small amounts. And most of these chemicals have been biochemically proven to break down into harmless by products that are body uses as anabolic building blocks. Let's take for instance, Aspartame. It breaks down into amino acids, which are the building blocks for proteins, and a harmless amount of methanol which breaks down into formaldahyde, a substance found 8 times more potent in a glass of orange juice than you would receive total from a diet coke (Magnusonl, 2008). Aspartame may also be "200 times as sweet as sugar" as stated by the article, but that just means that there is a lot less used per coke to match the sweetness level. If they put 39g of aspartame in a Coke, it would be gag-inducing. Diabetes is caused by our bodies recognizing our own insulin as an antigen due to a high chronic build up of the hormone (which is a steroid hormone by the way). This is linked to chronic amounts of high blood glucose. This, and heart disease, are the two leading chronic diseases in America, and are linked to Obesity, not "chemicals, dyes, preservatives, steroids, hormones, antibiotics." Funny story, all the stuff you mentioned is broken down into harmless byproducts as well. By the way, a steroid is a type of hormone created from the alteration of a cholesterol and can be broken down in the stomach when ingested. We would all be majorly messed up if they weren't. The hormones we ingest are also harmless to humans as we don't have receptors for them. They don't affect us in any way because they don't get into our cells. These hormones are also known as a "protein" that, when ingested in our stomach, get broken down into "amino acids." I do agree that antibiotics are used too frequently in our food production industry, but they aren't causing direct health problems in humans. They're just creating "super bacteria."

    We can talk about GMOs another time. Most people don't get GMOs because they don't understand genetics. Ever eaten corn? Was it sweet? Was it organic sweet corn? Thank genetic modification for that. Nice little Chihuahua, what a beautiful little product of genetic modification.

    I'm not trying to be insulting or anything. It's just truly frustrating to see how social media has created mass hysteria about the wrong things. Our focus should be more dedicated what is actually an issue, not these self-righteous scapegoats.

    Magnuson B (2008). Aspartame, Methanol and Formaldehyde Relationships. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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  25. I am all for Organic food hell I try to buy ass much as i can organic but do you see how expensive it is if it is so important for everyone to eat Organic then make it affordable not everyone can afford the rediculous prices they put on Organic food

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  26. Joshua Bos thanks i am 85 tired of all the fear mongering , . I lived this long because I smoke drink and eat red meat …….

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  27. People assume healthy and organic are expensive. It's hard for me to say because I'm a foodie who owns a gastro style pub and I LOVE food, but, really all we need to live healthy is actually the cheapest things to buy. Rice, beans, fresh vegetables other whole grains, and fruit. Meat can be eggs, chicken breast, and fish. But you don't need every day. Maybe 2 days a week. We are addicted to the culture of food that we have created. I am too. Call me a hypocrite. i don’t want to give up my simple pleasures. But, I know that's what they are. Not necessities. If we all moved to a staple diet, we could all live healthier, help the planet(waterwise and co2), and produce enough to combat hunger. Our dependancy on this accepted addiction that most of us have is one of the most untalked about problems this world has.

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  28. 85 years and you haven't figured out the difference between 'you're' and 'your'. I mean, I smoke, drink and eat red meat, but at least I understand grammar.

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  29. So why can't I share this?
    Three children who love half of thes products! It's the 'Good Life' for is then from now on.

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  30. I know people who have been consuming products from these companies their whole lifes it hasn't hendered their health too bad

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  31. U know? I'm already too tired to educate people, which are not happy to go out from their safety zone. No point to force anybody to challange themselfs.
    If you don't have enough bravery to break your safety barrier of dictated knowledge that it's your choice.
    How about other side of your data?
    Did you researched and discussed anything from 'the other front'?
    I did. Wherever I see corporations and their own food safety stamp I simply walk away. I know both sides. Do you?

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  32. Suawek Wheeler Oh god please tell me you are making a joke of all of this and dont actually believe that…

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  33. Jamie Winnie , A lot of really gullible people believe that anti-GMO crap.

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  34. Lee D. Russo Too many Americans eat too much and move too little. The problem isn't your long list of additives etc. It is the sugar, from all sources, and the fat. The sugar and fat problem is so large that your list doesn't even belong on the radar at this time.

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  35. Denard Thomas Would it kill people to do a little research on their own and find healthy alternatives ? Oh yes, everything said here is true and then some. It would take a lot of time and resources to get a list of alternatives and they probably felt it was more important to get this information out in a timely fashion. I'll give you a hint, you are not going to find healthy alternatives in any corporate brands..there are even what I call "pseudo healthy" brands like Haines Celestial Group ( celestial seasonings ) these are fake healthy brands gobbled up by corporations and greatly compromised in quality. Celestial Seasonings teas are not organic, they don't use dioxin free bags, and the ingredients are probably GMO, they also don't explain what they mean by "natural flavorings" A better alternative isTraditional Medicinals teas. I drink seltzer instead of soda, plain is my favorite but I will drink some flavored ones with no artificial sweeteners and only fruit essence flavors . Don't eat cereals, they are high in carbs and sugars as well as the toxins listed above, and grossly overpriced.. you would be better off eating a couple of organic cage free eggs. There are lower carb and organic cereals, but you have to be careful of what those are sweetened with too, you really have to read labels. Eat organic cage free chicken, grass fed beef, organic grass fed butter, these are all healthy things despite the corporate/big pharma disinfo about fats. Nutiva has excellent organic coconut oil for cooking, eating, oil pulling, skin care etc. Never been a fan of Hershey's, it's cheap, chalky gritty too sweet for me. I like dark chocolate and go for organic, fair trade whenever possible. Nestle is one of the biggest whore companies on earth, whom one of their chief executives believes we don't have a right to water without paying for it..Nestle is the only company that could talk a country like Hunza, (who has incredibly pure mountain water, so healthy and so rich in minerals you can actually get a bit drowsy drinking it), into buying their bottled water with their "Nestle good food good life" hype..good food, what a joke, as you can see from the article. Nestle has their foot in just about every country in the world, selling their crappy, artificial, GMO laden products and promoting them as wholesome, healthy "good life" inducing. What they didn't mention here is that Frito Lay, is a Pepsico company who has been known to use the kidney cells of aborted fetuses extracted into a flavor receptor enhancer, yes you heard it right. There is something in that cell extract that causes greater taste reception on the tasted buds creating a heightened perception of taste so that it over excites the brain and becomes addictive. Most junk food uses the over excited taste bud method to addict you. Our brain is wired for natural flavors. Can you think of anything in nature that has an overwhelming amount of flavor ? Everything is these foods violates the natural way we eat, perceive tasted and the natural rhythm of appetite, that's why obesity is at an all time high for both adults and children, along with diabetes. And Cocal Cola along with scores of other dark color sodas is toxic just by color alone, because that caramel coloring ( which has nothing to do with the candy caramel ) is very toxic and carcinogenic. What they left out here is that Mountain Dew is one of the most toxic sodas on the planet. The misty cloudy appearance is achieved by an additive that is a component of anti freeze, YES anti freeze. It is used to keep the misty look misty and not separated and watery. This soda is known to be toxic to the brain and metabolism. Oh did I mention Subway Heroes ? they have an ingredient in their bread that is an ingredient in yoga mats. It is what gives them both the soft and pliable bouncy feel…YUMMY ! Bottom line, if they can make money off it, they will feed it to you, but rest assured, no one that runs these companies is eating this poison themselves, or feeding it their families…isn't that comforting ????

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  36. Suawek Wheeler I agree with you, it amazes me how so many people are so clueless to all this with all the information that's out there. And they trust the FDA, one of the most crooked organizations on earth.

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  37. Nic Pranger GMO = Genetically Modified Organism, which means the very genetics of the organism, be it fruit, or plant or animal has been artificially modified by any or all of the following means, chemical, gene splicing, radiation, organisms such as bacteria…sounds yummy n healthy huh ? NOT

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  38. WRONG, those chemicals have NOT been proven to break down to harmless amounts of methanol and amino acids, they are proven to be toxic. Yes I agree with the high sugar , but not high fat, that's been scientifically proven wrong, so I suggest you get some serious research that isn't corporate and big pharma funded. Not buying what you are selling.

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  39. Exactly, I have never seen such laziness and ignorance in one thread, it's actually pretty frightening, not to mention the number of corporate trolls here.

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  40. Suawek Wheeler I seriously can't take this thread anymore, the stupidity is frightening, more frightening than the obvious trolls. Like you, I am tired of trying to beat dead horses….some people are too stupid to be saved…and there's nothing we can do about it.

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  41. Anecdotal proof is not proof, it is foolish. Justin, how healthy are they compared to all of your friends that eat only organic foods?

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  42. U sound like a corporate lawyer. Lol he's right your wrong. Accept it or live in a bubble your choice.

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  43. if we just stopped buying these products it could work that these companies would go broke……but they all trade in Wall Street as part of food commodities….and that's when american people who believe in "corporate america", which by the way are more than what you'd hope if you'd like to see changes in the food industry anytime soon…..if it makes money for your IRA, retirement, stock portfolio, etc…..people tend to look the other way for the sake of "corporate america"….and that is unfortunately how the story goes……words require a standing backing from the ones that are really willing to proceed with real changes……..wake up america!!!

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  44. Lmfao go is an organism infused with chemicals so the farmers don't have to use pesticides. So Anne you absolutely know nothing about the subject. Gmo crops have the chemicals of round up already in your food. So do your research before you sound to dumbed down.

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  45. Nic Pranger …..no matter the acronym, GMO is when an organism is chemically infused with genes from another organism.

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  46. I used to be addicted to Pepsi but quit cold turkey ten years ago. It is garbage and sparkling flavored waters are what I drink now.

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  47. The list could just say all packed food of any kind and most other foods, just drink filtered water

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  48. In the U.S, where Suawek Wheeler is not from (her profile says Bangladesh) we have foods deserts, families cannot get to real grocery stores and resort to eating fast food or shopping at a mint mart. Many of those families that are lucky enough to live near a grocery store, are on a single income and working two or three jobs cannot afford to choose organics.

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  49. Denard Thomas–that's because it is a scare campaign.

    #2 on this list was General Mills, and this list primarily cited its use of Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) as the "poison". This was debunked by Snopes and other sources. For one thing, only trace amounts of TSP are used–far below the levels where it could be dangerous. It's also not a paint thinner; acetone and turpentine are the primary ingredients of those products. It has more than one use in a concentrated form, like many things. You can read more here: http://www.snopes.com/food/ingredient/tsp.asp

    ConAgra…yeah, the company had E.coli contamination of certain products in 2003–but they recalled it as soon as they found out about it. If there were any evidence of consistent poisoning, there would've been hell to pay. Everyone would've heard about it; it would've been big news nationwide, not just on sites that have a vested interest in promoting a specific viewpoint.

    Most of the papers that cite problems with GMOs are intended to scare you; they were created by alarmists, and used little or no scientific research. Those papers that did (I'll use the one about Monsanto corn causing tumors in rats as an example) had several problems. I've kept rats before, and I learned one thing about them: most stand a fifty percent or greater chance of dying of a tumor regardless of diet. They're prone to them after they've lived a year or two, so the fact that a study cites tumors doesn't tell you much–especially if they used a rat that would have gotten one anyway.

    About eighty percent of our food is genetically modified in some way, and it has been for twenty years. Since most of the foods on this list aren't the most healthy for reasons above and beyond that, I'd say the GMOs are the least of your problems. Articles like this are hype, and little more; if you actually look at the sources they're citing, a lot of their arguments fall apart fast. You might have a case for labeling GMOs, but personally, I don't think it's a big deal. We've selectively bred for specific traits in plants and animals for hundreds, maybe thousands of years; directly modifying the genetic structure just means it no longer takes decades to achieve what we want.

    One thing I would suggest if you want to write an article about subjects like this is citing reputable sources that aren't major media outlets–preferably ones that are dedicated to the truth and do their homework. Websites like the Organic Consumers Association and Green Company have a vested interest in people eating organic foods. I'm not arguing that it isn't the way to go (although it's certainly the more expensive route), but I would like to see some neutral, unbiased sources. I took apart a lot of this article with about thirty minutes of Internet searches, give or take; given that, I'd say this article (and those like it) are at the very least highly biased, if not outright untrustworthy.

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  50. Suawek Wheeler Organic also uses pesticides. Clearly you have little concept of how NOT honest US organic labels are.

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  51. All Cleanltd he sounds like a scientist. You do not. The only bubble are in your airy little heads jumping at shadows and crying out the sky is falling.

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  52. Anne Santostefano Looks like the entire thread has been hijacked. Can't even "like" a comment of yours!

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  53. That is just it. People are free to eat what they want. Everyone in. This world knows most of this stuff is crap. If they did not eat or drink it then the companies will quit making it.

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  54. While this article hits the bugs what about the small labels . are they comparatively dangerous too?

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  55. None of this surprises me. It's only about profits by cheap means. And they don't care if its poison in bottle.

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  56. Suawek Wheeler the issue still remains with this article and articles such as this. Don't present an issue without also presenting a possible solution. Since there is no ending argument after #10, the reader can only take into account the last statement prior to the list:

    "As with all things, I urge you to read with your head on a swivel, adjusting your worldview based on new information."

    If you're newly informing readers on these toxins, the burden of responsibility SHOULD be on the writer to list, cite, or link to a possible set of solutions for the newly informed consumer. My entire argument rests with that fact, not with the content of the list. As I said, my wife and I have already taken some these steps based on our own biases and worries for our children, so this list wasn't intended for my household.

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  57. which is why I'm arguing them to put more thought into these articles. Someone that lives in a bonafide "food desert" won't have the option of shopping at whole foods, nor would they be able to afford it. And there's a solid chance that they live in a highly industrialized area, so the soil and water may very well be tainted. At that point, what benefit does this list present?

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  58. No se asusten por propagandas extremistas, como nutricionista debo orientar un poco. El problema principal a la salud es que algunos de los productos de alimentos procesados contienen altas cantidades de grasas, azucares (sirope de maíz alto en fructosa), sodio/sal en adición a los preservativos. Definitivamente de esa lista no se debe consumir los refrescos carbonatados, las bebidas de frutas con menos de 50% de jugo y frutas en heavy sirop. Estas compañías tienen en el mercado productos sin preservativos mencionados en el artículo (Ej.: Kétchup Hunts, mantequilla maní Skippy; todas las marcas de habichuelas y vegetales envasados con sal; productos secos como frutas, arroz, avena, harinas…) La buena nutrición es cuestión de balancear según recomienda Mi Plato; consumir las PORCIONES ADECUADAS A SUS NECESIDADES PARA MANTENER O REBAJAR DE PESO O SEGÚN RECOMENDACIONES MÉDICAS Y DE NUTRICIONISTA que usted necesita con más alimentos frescos o frescos congelados (crudos, parcial o totalmente cocidos) como frutas, vegetales, viandas, pescados, mariscos, huevos, aves, carnes, nueces, semillas, leche fresca bajo grasa y quesos naturales. Al preparar alimentos: quitarle la piel y grasa visible a las aves y carnes; añadir poca sal/adobo, añadir ingredientes frescos para el sabor (pimiento, cebolla, ajo, cilantrillo, cúrcuma, jengibre, limón…), y utilizar grasas buenas como aceite de oliva o aguacate y bien poquito de otros aceites (canola, maíz…); evitar o bien ocasional los embutidos altos en grasa (salchichas, salchichón, mortadela, bologna, tocineta, hot dogs…) y ningún producto de grasa trans. Sin embargo, debemos tener un abasto apropiado de productos procesados no perecederos para afrontar emergencias. Muchos de estos se encuentran en el mercado 50% menos sodio y 25% o más menos grasas. También es importante evitar los alimentos transgénicos. No todos los alimentos orgánicos es una buena compra, pues no hay diferencia significativa entre el orgánico y no orgánico. Visite MYPLATE.ORG para más información.

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  59. And still believe it or not all the millions of people that ate all these products are still alive and healthy. This research is stupid.

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  60. Why the scare campaign looking at the ingredients of all these foods in the shop myself believe every word, I generally see the supermarket as being on big shop of poison!

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  61. If only this was at the end of the editorial..my comments wouldn't even be here. Bravo, sir! (although in mocst places, fruit is REALLY expensive! )

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  62. Anne Santostefano Corn is genetically modified. Really, evolution means everything is genetically modified.

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  63. Genetically modifed does not mean full of chemicals. It just means, instead of breeding for a specific trait, they used scientific means to pick the right genes. It is a shot-cut to better crops. Why are the ignorant so afraid of science?

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  64. always prefer whats NATURAL( fruits, veggies,etc) and if possible always avoid PROCESSED foods. We cannot trust people who are working for SATAN. It's their agenda to depopulate and kill us. Beware of what you eat. :)

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  65. Maybe you are a PAID SCIENTIST.. they paid you to keep your mouth shut right? And you're probably pro GMO producting huh? Jerk. Grant. Jerk. Harrell. JERK. GRANT HARRELL. BIG JERK. keep poisoning even your family and the next generation that will come from you.., is that right for you? THINK RIGHT.

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  66. you look like your farting in your profile pic and you have loads of stupid pictures of flowers and rainbows. no you'e the troll. santostefano….that jewish by any chance?

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  67. If that were truly the case, why do these companies spend millions and fight tooth and nail not to have to label their products? Who is it that is actually afraid of science?

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  68. Yeah, the people drinking cola, eating mac & cheese and kid's cereals are oh so healthy. Right…

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  69. Timothy Mimm Because people are scared of what they don't understand and they don't understand GMO's and nobody will buy their products if they're labeled GMO. I'm vegan and try to support my family on as much unprocessed food as possible. Some would call me extreme, but I took the time to research and understand GMO's and have jumped firmly off the bandwagon. Farming, for all intents and purposes, IS genetically modifying, GMO is just scientific practice of doing it faster and more efficently. Like anything else, there are bad GMO's out there, but you have to become educated to know what you are looking for. Scientifically creating drought resistent crops, or bug and disease resistent crops is actually quite green when you really look at it.

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  70. snopes is unreliable, it sometimes is true, but anything corporate or governemnt related, they are paid to give disinfo

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  71. and the link you sent proves that that ingredient IS in lucky charms and Lucky Charms touts the fact that it is FDA approved, lol, like that actually means somethng.. follwo the money, that's what it's all about and all these corporations including Big Pharma have the FDA in their back pocket.

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  72. .Ryan James McHarg bullshit and if you had done your "research" like I have, you would know this wasn't true, shills

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  73. Denard Thomas True or not it doesn't make the food any more healthy and it is aimed at people who have choices, that's like saying war is bad but there are countries who are getting shot up every day, how does scaring people about how bad war is have any benefit.. so I guess we will all put our heads in the sand and wait to die

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  74. Roscoe McCloskey Sounds like some of my late relatives who said things like " oh I've been eating this all my life, I'm alive" yeah if you call blood pressure meds, diabetes meds, arthritis meds, "alive" .. so many people on mulitiple medications who are overweight say things like this and it shows that they are just not looking at reality because they can't give up crap food.

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  75. Denard Thomas a lot of people don't like this article because they are lazy and dont like to cook actual food, they llike to nuke packaged food..don't even get me started on nuking… corporations have retrained your taste buds to be addicted to the hyperflavorings in food, which are designed to over excite the brain with unnaturally intense flavors that cause an addiction process in the brain.. yes it is science, not just some out of the air idea I am giving you. Think of naturally occuring foods, the tastes are balanced, not over intense.. we might add salt and pepper but people today add more of those two things because normal food doesn't taste intense enough for them. How can you all not see how corporations abuse and exploit you to make
    themselves rich.. you want to know the answer to anything, follow the money…

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  76. Roscoe McCloskey no matter what you do you 're gonna die so might as well eat what you want you don't live forever so enjoy your life

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  77. Soures are all clearly hyperlinked in the article. Thoroughly, in each section, all claims are ocrroborated with factual citations. There is a difference between fear mongering and truth telling. That doesn't mean the truth isn't scary.

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  78. Soures are all clearly hyperlinked in the article. Thoroughly, in each section, all claims are ocrroborated with factual citations.

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  79. Dear corporate sock puppet, soures are all clearly hyperlinked in the article. Thoroughly, in each section, all claims are ocrroborated with factual citations. There is a difference between fear mongering and truth telling. That doesn't mean the truth isn't scary.

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  80. Grant Harrell Thank you for a reasonable answer. I personally do not see the problem with diet products other than the body is still hungry after eating them. The average person in America shops center isles, where we have starch based and sugar infused products. Most people don't realize that the glycemic impact scale is very important to their health. I would rather have conversations on the gylcemic effect of cold potatos over hot potatos.

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  81. Anti Media is one of the worst for propaganda.. That's all they do. Their not activists, the are "act as ifs".. It's all propaganda and yes scare tactics. We already know our goods messed up. Give people an alternative lime this gentleman said, not just hype.

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  82. Anti Media is one of the worst for propaganda.. That's all they do. Their not activists, the are "act as ifs".. It's all propaganda and yes scare tactics. We already know our goods messed up. Give people an alternative lime this gentleman said, not just hype.

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  83. Oh, life in an industrialized society! Join us in the third world, where you can plant and consume your non-GMO food without Obama Inc breathing down your neck, ignore all the bottled nonsense, breathe realatively fresh air and enjoy life!

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  84. Preston Harris Eat healthy natural food. Is that a good enough alternative, or is it just more propaganda? How about the companies listed, which spend tens of millions of dollars on propaganda (commercials)? Why shoot the messenger, unless…you work for them?

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  85. Corporations (and the government, for that matter) spend millions of dollars paying 'sock puppets' to try to discredit articles like this and spread disinformation in forums and comment threads. Counteract their propaganda by spreading truth, and sharing articles. Like tobacco manufacturers, they are trying to get future generations addicted and brainwashed.

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  86. Denard Thomas They should grow their own food then or shop from co-ops and farmer's markets – that is, if they don't want to consume corporate-advertised poison. At what point in the article do I advocate shopping from Whole Foods?

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  87. Snopes – that's what you're coming at me with? You're going to have to try a littler harder than typing in the keywords and then putting debunked after them. You will find all seo-boosted disinformation articles paid for by corporations.

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  88. You write the damn healthy alternative list. Do I have to do everything around here?

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