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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.

Albert Einstein

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“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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