Unhealthy baby food

This video says about itself:

Supersize Me in 7 mins: How too much of McDonald’s will make you feel!

6 October 2009

Selected scenes from the documentary “Supersize Me” directed by Morgan Spurlock, focusing on what too much McD’s does to your body and how it makes one feel.

Another video which used to be on YouTube, used to say about itself:

Super Size Me is an Academy Award-nominated 2004 documentary film, directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker. It follows a 30-day time period (February 2003) during which Spurlock subsists exclusively on McDonald’s fast food and stops exercising regularly.

The film documents this lifestyle’s drastic effects on Spurlock’s physical and psychological well-being and explores the fast food industry’s corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit. During the filming, Spurlock dined at McDonald’s restaurants three times per day, sampling every item on the chain’s menu at least once. He consumed an average of 5,000 calories (the equivalent of 9.26 Big Macs) per day during the experiment.

In February 2005, Super Size Me Educationally Enhanced DVD edition was released. It is an edited version of the film designed to be integrated into a high school health curriculum. MSNBC has also broadcast an hour long version of the film, in addition to the regular version.

Girl finds condom in McDonald’s Happy Meal: here.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Baby foods ‘contain more saturated fat than a McDonald’s burger’

Monday 04 May 2009

SOME baby foods contain higher levels of saturated fat and sugar than equivalent portions of chocolate biscuits or a cheeseburger, the Children’s Food Campaign (CFC) said on Monday.

The campaign described as “staggering” the results of a survey of more than 100 products aimed at babies and toddlers.

It found that 100g of Farley’s Original Rusks contains more sugar (29g) than the same weight of McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives (27.3g).

And Heinz Toddler’s Own Mini Cheese Biscuits contains 7.3g of saturated fat per 100g, more than the 6.7g found in a piece of McDonald’s quarter-pounder burger with cheese of the same weight.

The CFC, which is an arm of the food and farming group Sustain, also found that Cow & Gate‘s Baby Balance Bear Biscuits were improperly labelled and did not make it clear to parents that they contained trans fats, which have been linked to heart disease.

CFC joint co-ordinator Christine Haigh said: “The results of this survey are staggering.

“Many foods marketed for babies and young children are advertised as ‘healthy.’ In reality, in terms of sugar and saturated fat content, some are worse than junk food.

“In particular, failing to correctly label products that contain dangerous trans fats is outrageous.”

See also this cartoon.

A new multi-country study finds that large, high-calorie portion sizes in fast food and full service restaurants is not a problem unique to the United States. An international team of researchers found that 94 percent of full service meals and 72 percent of fast food meals studied in five countries contained 600 calories or more: here.

USA: A Tuesday morning explosion at the ConAgra Foods plant in Garner, North Carolina has left three workers dead and at least 41 injured, including three firefighters: here.

How capitalism commercialises childhood: here.

5 thoughts on “Unhealthy baby food

  1. Girl not happy with McDonald’s

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss police reported on Tuesday that they are investigating a seven-year-old girl’s discovery of a condom in her McDonald’s Happy Meal.

    Fribourg state police say that the mother called them after the girl discovered the condom among her chips.

    They said that an analysis was under way to determine whether the prophylactic posed a health risk.



  2. New Documentary “Food, Inc.” Offers Troubling View of American Food


    Canadian Press Ann Levin, For The Associated Press

    NEW YORK – The new documentary **Food, Inc.** begins with idyllic scenes of American farmland, panning from golden fields of hay to a solitary cowboy rounding up a herd of cattle. Then the camera zooms in on a grocery cart overflowing with packaged food and rolling down the aisles of a gaudily lit supermarket.

    Eerie, horror movie-style music swells in the background. It’s meant to signal the audience that the pastoral fantasy of agrarian America on everything from packages of breakfast sausage to cereal boxes is not what it seems, that great danger lurks behind the cheery images of 1930s-era red barns and white picket fences.

    Director Robert Kenner is bent on showing us a far grimmer reality. He tells of dust-choked poultry houses where chickens never see the light of day and are pumped so full of chemicals they produce more meat than their organs can support. Eventually they collapse under the weight of their abnormally large breasts and die before reaching the slaughterhouse.

    He shows us industrial feed lots where cows are fattened on chemical-enhanced feed and forced to spend their days standing ankle-deep in manure.

    Kenner relates the heart-wrenching story of Republican-turned-activist Barbara Kowalcyk, who prowls the halls of Congress with her mother to try to force lawmakers to enact food safety legislation that she believes could have saved the life of her 2 1/2-year-old son Kevin, who died of E. coli poisoning 12 days after eating contaminated hamburgers.

    Kenner is hoping his film will raise awareness of the enormous price in health and safety that he says Americans pay to gorge themselves on the relatively cheap calories that stock supermarket shelves courtesy of a handful of multinational corporations.

    Just as the Oscar-winning 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” helped galvanize the fight against global warming, Kenner and his partners want to spur legions of activists to rise up and take aim at lawmakers and government regulators they believe have been corrupted by lobbyists for agribusiness.

    An alliance of trade associations that represent America’s meat and poultry producers have set up a website to counter virtually every claim in the documentary, from the contention that E. coli contamination could be reduced by feeding cattle grass instead of grain, to charges that U.S. federal inspection agencies are understaffed and ineffective, and foodborne illnesses are on the rise.

    The food industry says the film has **an astonishing number of half-truths, errors and omissions** and that scrapping current production methods in favor of locally grown, seasonal organic food would result in a dramatic increase in food prices and fewer fruits and vegetables year-round.

    Janet M. Riley, senior vice president at the American Meat Institute, says that contrary to the menacing image presented in the film, the industry – comprised of **ordinary, hardworking people** – provides **the safest, most affordable, most abundant food supply in the world.**

    She also says it would be foolhardy to abandon modern food production methods during a global recession, when people are starving in parts of the world.

    **Why would we want to turn the clock back to a less efficient way to produce food?** she says.

    Kenner’s arguments will be familiar to readers of **The Omnivore’s Dilemma** author Michael Pollan, whose numerous books and articles have decried the physical and even moral hazard of the industrial food system.

    Pollan is featured in the film, as is **Fast Food Nation** author Eric Schlosser, who wrote the best-selling 2001 expose of the fast food industry that was later turned into a movie.

    Pollan, who has criticized industrial agriculture for a decade, calls Kenner’s documentary **the most important and powerful film about our food system in a generation.* *

    He says the director has broken new ground with his reporting on such things as a new, high-tech system of meat processing that bathes beef filler in ammonia to kill harmful bacteria.

    Even though alternative agriculture represents just a small part of the U.S. food industry, Pollan says he is **full of hope** about the future. He cites the booming demand for organic food and the growing popularity of farmers markets.

    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, sales of organics have more than quintupled, increasing from US$3.6 billion in 1997 to US$21.1 billion in 2008.

    Kenner, too, is optimistic, ending the film on an uplifting note. He sees a hopeful model in the fight against Big Tobacco, which also seemed invulnerable to attack by health and safety advocates – until it wasn*t.

    Like Pollan, Kenner is heartened by what he*s seen so far from the Obama administration.

    Pollan, in particular, applauded Michelle Obama*s decision to plant an organic garden on the South Lawn of the White House. Kenner says the president won*t be able to tackle his other priorities of reforming health care and halting global warming without changing the way Americans produce and consume food.

    So what do Kenner and Pollan believe the average person should do if they want to shun the agribusiness model?

    Says Kenner: **Go to a farmers market whenever you can. Eat a little less meat. Read labels when you go into a store. Shop the outer rows of the supermarket. Cook at home. Buy less processed food.**

    And Pollan? All of that, and also this: **Get involved in your school lunch program. Get junk food out of the whole school. Sign up with a
    listserv for one of the many groups that*s tracking this. Your congressman/ woman needs to hear from you.”

    Still, Lowell Catlett, dean of the School of Agriculture at New Mexico State University, says U.S. consumers actually have a pretty good deal. Before World War II, a quarter of a million Americans died every year from a combination of unsanitary food and water and inadequate sewage facilities.
    **Overall, we have a safer food system,** he said.

    The film opens June 12 in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, with wider distribution beginning June 19.


  3. World farmers’ alliance Vía Campesina challenges food profiteers
    (excerpt from new pamphlet)

    The following review is an excerpt from a new pamphlet, La Vía
    Campesina: Farmers North and South Confront Agribusiness, by John
    Riddell and Adriana Paz, published by Socialist Voice in Canada.
    Review by John Riddell
    La Vía Campesina: Globalization and the Power of Peasants by Annette
    Aurélie Desmarais. Fernwood Publishing, 2007.
    May 31, 2009 — The neoliberal assault that has driven labour into
    retreat over the last two decades has also sparked the emergence of a
    peasants’ international, La Vía Campesina. Based in 56 countries across
    five continents, this alliance has mounted a sustained and spirited
    defence of peasant cultivation, community and control of food production.

    * Read more (or download pamphlet)



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