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Watch The Video That Coca-Cola And McDonald's Hope You Never See

Anna Lappé is an author and activist. Her TEDx talk will open your eyes about what the food industry gets away with.

Watch The Video That Coca-Cola And McDonald's Hope You Never See

Some highlights:


  • 1:14 How her daughter's obsession with one particular person made her realize what was happening.
  • 2:20 Can you guess how much money the food industry spends marketing to kids?
  • 3:15 There's even a term for the way they make children more annoying.
  • 3:55 Find out just how many thousands of ads kids see if they watch a regular amount of television.
  • 4:30 Here's why just turning off the TV isn't a solution.
  • 4:50 Learn which school supplies are now sponsored by junk food.
  • 5:54 Find out how companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi are straight-up conning school communities to buy their products.
  • 6:47 Here's what she finds most upsetting.
  • 8:10 And here's how they get even more information about kids.
  • 9:30 She talks about the life and death consequences that hang in the balance with this issue.
  • 10:24 We're seeing the most depressing innovations in health care now thanks to the food industry.
  • 12:00 You'll never believe where McDonald's wanted to advertise.
  • 13:01 Find out who's fighting these food behemoths and saving generations to come.
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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.