YUM! BRANDS: KFC, PIZZA HUT, TACO BELL & FOOD STAMPS FOR UNSAFE FOODS
Global Revolution 1: American Revolution 2: Day 64: Communication 1
IronBoltBruce’s Kleptocracy Chronicles for 19 Nov 2011 (g1a2d0064c1)
How many examples of greed and corruption must you see before you act?
Thanks to the American Frozen Food Institute and other corporate lobbies pouring on the payola, our bought and paid for puppet politicians in Washington have determined that a slice of pizza is a healthy vegetable if served to our kids at school, but not if served to our poor by a restaurant. And up until this week YUM! Brands – the global conglomerate that owns well-known junk food chains like KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – was working hard to correct that contradiction. Not by eliminating the obvious insanity of classifying pizza as a vegetable, of course, but by lobbying to approve the use of EBT cards (a.k.a. “food stamps”) to make purchases at their restaurants. According to BusinessWeek.com:
“Yum [had] lobbied government officials in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Kentucky to allow its restaurants to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is administered by the states. The nearly five-decade-old program distributed a record $64.4 billion in the 2010 fiscal year. ‘Everybody wants to get a piece of that action,’ says Marion Nestle, a New York University professor of nutrition and public health. ‘Right now it’s going to grocery stores; restaurants think that’s not fair.’ [But health] advocates howled when they learned that fast-food giant Yum! Brands (YUM) wants to let low-income Americans use food stamps at its Taco Bell and KFC restaurants. Now the U.S. Agriculture Dept., which funds the food stamp program, has also voiced its opposition and is encouraging states not to give Yum a green light. ‘For us to be indifferent to the quality of the food is just a serious mistake,’ says Kevin Concannon, the Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services. ‘We should promote access to healthy foods.’”
I’m sure Mr. Concannon meant to end that sentence with “…except when it comes to school lunches for our children”.
Anyway… Regardless of whether you pay with food stamps or Federal Reserve notes, the food you buy at KFC, Pizza Hut or Taco Bell may (remotely) taste “Southern”, Italian or Mexican, but a portion of its ingredients – the exact amount being kept as secret as the Colonel’s recipe – may actually be Chinese and consequently unsafe by American standards:
“China has become an agricultural powerhouse and leading food exporter. Though supermarket labels may not always indicate it, a growing portion of the American diet is now made in China. In 2009, 70 percent of the apple juice, 43 percent of the processed mushrooms, 22 percent of the frozen spinach and 78 percent of the tilapia Americans ate
came from China. Unfortunately, it’s not just China’s food that’s reaching American shores – it’s also China’s food safety problems. The shortcomings in China’s food safety system were highlighted when ingredients tainted with the chemical melamine entered the global food supply… [Melamine] contaminated Chinese dairy products, sickening 300,000 children and infants in China, six of whom died… The melamine scandal played out across the globe, ending up in the food supplies of corporate producers including Mars, Unilever, Heinz, Cadbury and YUM! Brands, Inc. (which owns Pizza Hut, Subway and other fast food chains).”
I find no consolation in the likelihood that whatever YUM! is doing to “us”, they are also doing to “them”:
“Urban consumers in China are increasingly embracing American-style diets. Eating out is the fastest-growing segment of Chinese consumer food spending. Much of this spending ends up at KFC, owned by Yum! Brands. KFC opens a new restaurant in China every 18 hours and purchases one quarter of all chicken thighs produced in China – literally billions of pieces of meat. In 2010, Yum! Brands earned 36 percent of its profits from its 3,200 KFC and 500 Pizza Hut restaurants in China – more than it made from the 19,000 KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and other company restaurants in the United States. China now faces a new ‘era of obesity,’ mirroring U.S. overconsumption of fatty foods.”
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A LETTER TO THE NEW YORK TIMES AND MAYOR BLOOMBERG FROM 88 YEAR-OLD OWS SUPPORTER PEARL VOLKOV
SHOW ME WHAT KLEPTOCRACY LOOKS LIKE! THIS IS WHAT KLEPTOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!
Kleptocracy [klep-TOK-ruh-see]: A government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves. See also the United States of America where, as Goethe said, “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” Want documented examples of the corporate greed that corrupts our government and fuels the Revolution? Find dozens here, with more to come:
IT IS NO COINCIDENCE THAT OF THE LAST 14 U.S. PRESIDENTS, 7 HAVE BEEN DEMOCRATS AND 7 HAVE BEEN REPUBLICANS.
Our Kleptocracy-controlled media focuses on America’s two-year election cycles as if who wins or loses in the swinging of the pendulum was a matter of life or death, when in fact even at the Presidential level it makes no more difference than the outcomes of Monday Night Football, American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, Hillbilly Handfishing or the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor. U.S. elections are staged primarily to give Sheeple the illusion of control so they will (a) vent their frustrations and expend their energy, emotions and resources supporting or attacking the Puppet on the Left hand or the Puppet on the Right, and consequently (b) never recognize and challenge the common omnipotent Puppetmaster.
There was no real change in 2008. There was no real change in 2010. There WILL be real change in 2012, but it won’t be coming from tele-brainwashed couch potatoes, manipulated voter lists, rigged voting machines or predetermined ballot counts. It will be coming from us…
The 99 Percent
I AM NOT ANONYMOUS. I AM AN AMERICAN.
I am not just a Consumer. I am a Citizen.
I will no longer be labeled Left or Right, Liberal or Conservative, Demopublican or Republocrat.
I will no longer follow Puppets labeled Left or Right, Liberal or Conservative, Demopublican or Republocrat.
I am the People. And I am coming for the Puppetmasters.
I am part of the 99 Percent. And I demand the following:
1. End the Fed.
2. Reverse Citizens United.
3. Repeal PATRIOT Act.
4. Expose 9/11 Truth.
5. End Profit Wars.
6. Refund Taxpayer Trillions.
7. Imprison the Kleptocrats.
8. Single Term Limits.
Or, if these demands are not addressed promptly:
1. Regime Change.
LABELS (A POEM OF PROTEST)
The parties of the system;
Puppets both, for sale their votes,
No character or wisdom.
For change or status quo?
Pick either one, the change is none,
All charlatans and whores.
Far “Left” we place the Anarchists,
Libertarians claim far “Right”;
Yet both decry the government:
False continuum brought to light.
For oil, “We” bomb their mud huts,
Strip them bare, then offer “Aid”;
And fake their retribution as
Pretext – a false flag raised.
Unarmed hundred thousands killed
By weapons of “Defense”,
While rights are lost for “Freedom” sake -
On profit, all depends.
With stroke of pen, the “Patriot” Act,
And patriots’ gifts are taken;
Then “Citizens United” leaves
Our citizens forsaken.
We protest loss of liberties,
Put “World Wide Web” to use;
Cloudmark Authority censors us
For “messaging abuse”.
They label us to finger-point,
With labels, “They” deride us;
Their labels keep us all at bay,
For with labels, “They” divide us.
JOIN THE GLOBAL REVOLUTION!
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