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How the junk food industry has encouraged us to eat ourselves to death

How the junk food industry has encouraged us to eat ourselves to death | Drug Addiction Today | Scoop.it


IS FAST FOOD WITH INTEGRITY POSSIBLE? - March 1, 2013  | Guardian Sustainable Business | guardian.co.uk http://ow.ly/iqHIe


21 Feb 2013 - GRIST

THE TRICKS OF THE PROCESSED-FOOD TRADE ARE HORRIFYING, but they might also hold the key to marketing healthier stuff, a New York Times Magazine article suggests.... http://grist.org/news/how-the-junk-food-industry-has-encouraged-us-to-eat-ourselves-to-death/?utm_campaign=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter


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                                  "BIG FOOD" And Addiction
                   Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity


Feb 20, 2013 - New York Times
THE EXTRAORDINARY SCIENCE OF ADDICTIVE JUNK FOOD The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food - NYTimes.com http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/magazine/the-extraordinary-science-of-junk-food.html?ref=michaelmoss&_r=0






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March 2013

AMERICAN PROCESSED FOODS - IN COLOR TO DYE FOR by Robyn O'Brien @unhealthytruthhttp://organicconnectmag.com/wp/american-processed-foods-in-colors-to-dye-for/#.UU0ZIxk0ORQ


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                                         BIG FOOD MARKETING:

                            HOW COMPANIES REACH KIDS & TEENS



Feb 25, 2013 Guardian Sustainable Business | Guardian Professional

OUR GLOBAL FOOD SYSTEM IS DANGEROUSLY OUT OF CONTROL, WHAT ARE THE SOLUTIONS?  http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/fairtrade-report-treatment-smallholder-farmers


CAN FOOD BE AS ADDICTIVE AS A DRUG?  - New York Times http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990DE3DE123EF931A35753C1A9679D8B63&ref=michaelmoss





THE MOST HEAVILY ADVERTISED FOODS TO KIDS ARE SUGARY CEREALS, FAST FOODS, AND SUGARY DRINKS - Food Marketing Workgroup http://www.foodmarketing.org/category/wall-of-shame/


HOW THE FOOD GIANTS HOOKED US  http://www.scoop.it/t/environmental-and-human-health/p/3997556508/how-the-food-giants-hooked-us



THE DRUG STORE IN AMERICAN MEAT: SUSTAINABLE FARMING VS CORPORATE FACTORY FARMING http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3996006334/the-drug-store-in-american-meat-sustainable-farming-vs-cafos-factory-farming


Feb 26, 2013 - OPENING PANDORA'S LUNCHBOX: PROCESSED FOODS ARE EVEN SCARIER THAN YOU THOUGHT http://grist.org/food/opening-pandoras-lunchbox-processed-foods-are-even-scarier-than-you-thought/?utm_campaign=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter


CHEMICAL CREEP: HOW TOXIC CHEMICALS ARE SNEAKING INTO YOUR FOOD AND YOUR BODY - March 7, 2013 Huffington Post  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/07/toxic-chemicals-food-body_n_2829270.html


 AMERICANS EAT THE CHEAPEST FOOD IN THE WORLD BUT WHAT IS IT REALLY COSTING US?  : TreeHugger http://www.treehugger.com/health/americans-eat-the-cheapest-food-in-the-world-but-what-is-it-really-costing-us.html?campaign=daily_nl


GIANT FOOD CORPORATIONS WORK HAND-IN-GLOVE WITH GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO DISH UP CHEAP, UNHEALTHY FOOD | Global Research http://www.globalresearch.ca/giant-food-corporations-work-hand-in-glove-with-corrupt-government-agencies-to-dish-up-cheap-unhealthy-food/5324525


INDUSTRIAL FRUCTOSE AND OVEREATING - FUELLING THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC  http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Fructose_and_Overeating.php @ISISscience





March 15, 2013 - Huffington Post Healthy Living - Adam Bosworth:
IS YOUR SODA KILLING YOU? Why New York Mayor Bloomberg Got It Right http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-bosworth/soda-ban_b_2853377.html


RISING RESISTANCE:  NEW FILM EXPLORES FOOD AND SUPERBUG SPREAD AS HEALTH CONCERNS GROW - Lynne Peeples, Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lynne-peeples/antibiotic-resistance-superbugs-factory-farming_b_2767267.html?utm_source=Alert-blogger&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Email%2BNotifications



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                                            PBS VIDEO REPORT

IN EL SALVADOR, AMERICAN JUNK FOOD CREATING CHAOS WITH HEALTH, CHILDREN AND CULTURAL NORMS - http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3997415995/in-el-salvador-american-junk-food-creating-chaos-with-health-children-and-cultural-norms-video-report



                                   PBS Newshour  VIDEO REPORT

                                               February 21, 2013
AMERICANS 'ARE SICKER AND DIE YOUNGER' THAN PEOPLE IN OTHER WEALTHY NATIONS  http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3994849221/americans-are-sicker-and-die-younger-than-people-in-other-wealthy-nations-obesity-plus



                                         A VERY IMPORTANT FILM: 

                                              "CONSUMING KIDS"

                           THE COMMERCIALIZATION OF CHILDHOOD"

                                       FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE





                                PBS NEWSHOUR VIDEO REPORT

                                                     Feb. 21, 2013
ARE WE INCHING TOWARDS HEALTHIER EATING, LESS OBESITY?  PBS NewsHour http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health/jan-june13/fastfood_02-21.html



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Via pdjmoo
Rishi Suresh's insight:

This is an interesting article connecting eating to drug use. The connection is quite obvious, as food also causes a dopamine release. It is an interesting comparison, because it implies that the majority of the Western world is suffering drug addiction to food. 

Steve Kingsley's curator insight, October 16, 2013 9:02 PM

They haven't encouraged me... aren't we supposed to mind the food we eat?

Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, October 19, 2013 8:03 PM

A cornucopia of evidence to validate this topic.

Paige Gervaise's curator insight, November 4, 2013 6:27 PM

different foods can cause 

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Swiss recipe for dealing with drug addiction proves a success

Swiss recipe for dealing with drug addiction proves a success | Drug Addiction Today | Scoop.it
The Swiss harm reduction approach to drug addiction is designed to bring "addicts out of the shadows". Surprisingly such policies exist alongside the traditional approaches, proving it is possible for harm reduction and law enforcement to co-exist.

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Rishi Suresh's insight:

The Swiss method is surprisingly effective when compared to more brutal forms of punishment (i.e. the United States' police crackdown). The thought of being arrested is not appealing, and may drive drug addicts away from treatment, perhaps into jail instead. 

ReGenUC's curator insight, June 24, 2013 7:55 PM

More good stuff from the former WA premier.

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Drug Addiction Treatment Doubles In 10 Years

Drug Addiction Treatment Doubles In 10 Years | Drug Addiction Today | Scoop.it
The number of adults seeking treatment for heroin and crack cocaine addiction in England has more than doubled in 10 years, new figures have revealed.
Rishi Suresh's insight:

Meanwhile in England, drug addiction figures have increased tremendously, echoing similar numbers worldwide. The drug addiction epidemic is very likely powered by the unstoppable force of globalization and the ease of access delivered by the Internet. There is a social concept that 'drugs are not THAT bad,' which is aided by recent discoveries that certain drugs, particularly cannabis, can have medical uses. 

Anvith Deeconda's curator insight, December 10, 2014 11:34 PM

This article is relevant to the general topic of drug use and addiction, because according to this article, more adults are turning to addiction treatment. In other words, this means that more adults are using drugs. This is very relevant to the topic at hand, because it shows how easily one can be addicted to the different types of drugs available. 

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The drug revolution that no one can stop

The drug revolution that no one can stop - The Matter Archive - Medium

Designing your own narcotics online isn’t just easy—it can be legal too. How do we know? We did it.



Designer drugs are officially known as “controlled substance analogs”. (An analog of a drug, in this definition, is a version of a banned compound that has been created with the aim of making it legal.)


The UK and U.S. are the market leaders in consumption and marketing of these new substances, which means the two key pieces of legislation that govern—or fail to govern—contemporary drug culture are Britain’s Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971, and America’s Controlled Substance Analog Enforcement Act of 1986.



Legislators around the world have been put off-balance by the emergence of this massively distributed, technically complex and chemically sophisticated trade, where one can design their own narcotic drug, order it online from China


And the trade is growing rapidly.

In 2009 The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction’s early warning system identified 24 new drugs. In 2010, it identified 41. In 2011, another 49, and in 2012, there were 73 more. By October 2013, a further 56 new compounds had already been identified—a total of 243 new compounds in just four years.

Via Krishan Maggon
Rishi Suresh's insight:

This scoop shows the amalgam of popular culture with dangerous, marketable substances: the emergence of 'designer drugs.' These are popularized, branded drugs that circumvent law by technically not being the same chemical. It shows that where there is money to be made, money will be made, regardless of who it hurts. 

Krishan Maggon 's curator insight, February 4, 2014 8:12 AM

The threat posed by designer narcotic drugs, compelling BBC story


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Teens who consume energy drinks more likely to use alcohol and drugs (USA)

Nearly one-third of US adolescents consume high-caffeine energy drinks or "shots," and these teens report higher rates of alcohol, cigarette, or drug use, reports a study in the January/February Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Rishi Suresh's insight:

This collection of statistics shows some interesting connections. It implies that teenagers make a connection between stimulant consumables and drugs, because they have similar effects. In all seriousness, however, the jump from one to the other is not all that big and the social consequences of making one legal and not the other should be considered. To the teenage mind, what is a drug but a more effective energy drink? Because they are more used to controlling their bodies with external chemicals, they are far less likely to inhibit themselves from consuming more harmful ones. 

Kennedy Keith's curator insight, December 11, 2014 1:04 PM

I found this article interesting because if kids consume a lot of energy drinks they are prone to use alcohol and drugs. 

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Harrowing photo reveals toll of addiction to Breaking Bad drug on former beauty queen

Harrowing photo reveals toll of addiction to Breaking Bad drug on former beauty queen | Drug Addiction Today | Scoop.it

THESE harrowing photographs show the face of a former beauty queen who is now addicted to Breaking Bad drug crystal meth. Daily Express :: World Feed http://www.newsyab.com/harrowing-photo-reveals-toll-of-addiction-to-breaking-bad-drug-on-former-beauty-queen/

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Rishi Suresh's insight:

The fact that this article refers to methamphetamines as the 'Breaking Bad drug' shows how deeply entrenched popular culture is in drug abuse. Drugs as dangerous as methamphetamines can be more accurately referred to using TV shows that glorify their use. 

David Wolan's curator insight, November 21, 2014 11:53 AM

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Breaking Bad And Falling Apart: These Disturbing Images Show The Real Cost Of Drug Addiction

Breaking Bad And Falling Apart: These Disturbing Images Show The Real Cost Of Drug Addiction | Drug Addiction Today | Scoop.it

In the event that you enjoyed watching Breaking Bad, but missed the part about medicines being really bad for you, after that a few photographs assembled by Rehabs.com, called Faces of Addiction, shows precisely how medications ravage and destroy a person’s mind, soul, and looks. The... http://www.newsyab.com/breaking-bad-and-falling-apart-these-disturbing-images-show-the-real-cost-of-drug-addiction/

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Rishi Suresh's insight:

One such example of society popularizing the use of drugs is the show Breaking Bad, depicting a drug dealers descent into complete insanity. Nonetheless, it increased awareness about drugs, and as shown here, the negative effects of drugs were overlooked by the audience of the show quite often. 

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Drug addiction grows on Thai rubber farms

Drug addiction grows on Thai rubber farms | Drug Addiction Today | Scoop.it

Exhausted by long hours, workers in northeastern Thailand are turning to 'yaba' methamphetamine to stay awake.

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Rishi Suresh's insight:

On a broader scope, drugs are used worldwide to force the human body to comply to the unyielding money machines of the  lesser developed world. In this article, workers on rubber farms use drugs so that they can keep up with the inhuman pace of the farm and make money for their family. It puts them in a situation where using the drug seems like the best option, whereas it is very badly damaging their lives. It is exacerbated by the relative lack of knowledge about drugs and what they do, which helps perpetuate this 21st century slave labor. It is almost analogous to using alcohol in the West, although for some reason, it is treated less severely than drugs like methamphetamine. 

Hector Luis Perez Polanco's curator insight, December 11, 2014 12:53 PM

In another example of widespread drug addiction, here we find that people were turning to methamphetamine in order to help them accomplish financial and academic goals. In a situation like this, it is impossible to treat drug addiction, because it is a response to conditions in the environment. The poor financial conditions and primarily agricultural economy of northeastern Thailand prompt farmers to use stimulants to keep their energy levels constant throughout their work and their bosses to provide them to increase production and profit. It is widely known that places stricken by low employment and restricted cash-flows are rampant with drug abuse because of the life presented in those kinds of areas. In these cases, drug addiction is only an economic symptom and cannot be treated in an individual, person-to-person manner because everyone is subject to falling to the condition.


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Yes, Addiction Does Discriminate (USA)

Yes, Addiction Does Discriminate (USA) | Drug Addiction Today | Scoop.it

As America faces the greatest income gap since the Great Depression, drug and alcohol use has spiraled among the unemployed and the poor, countering the popular notion that addiction affects everyone equally.

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Rishi Suresh's insight:

Adding to the previous post's statement that black people are more likely to be arrested for drug use than white people, this article shows that there is an uneven spread of drug use outside of races. It shows that drug use is significantly more prevalent among the unemployed and the poor, perhaps because that is the demographic likely to turn to these chemicals to comfort them; ironically, they do much more damage in the long term. 

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The Drug War And Mass Incarceration By The Numbers

The Drug War And Mass Incarceration By The Numbers | Drug Addiction Today | Scoop.it

NEW YORK — Despite an increased emphasis on treatment and prevention programs in recent years, the Obama administration in its 2013 budget still requested $25.6 billion in federal spending on the drug war. Of that, $15 billion would go to law enforcement, interdiction and international efforts.

The pro-reform Drug Policy Alliance estimates that when you combine state and local spending on everything from drug-related arrests to prison, the total cost adds up to at least $51 billion per year. Over four decades, the group says, American taxpayers have dished out $1 trillion on the drug war.

What all that money has helped produce — aside from unchanged drug addiction rates — is the world’s highest incarceration rate. According to the Sentencing Project, 2.2 million Americans are in prison or jail.

More than half of federal prisoners are incarcerated for drug crimes in 2010, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and that number has only just dipped below 50 percent in 2011. Despite more relaxed attitudes among the public at large toward non-violent offenses like marijuana use, the number of people in federal prison for drug offenses spiked from 74,276 in 2000 to 97,472 in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The punishment falls disproportionately on people of color. Blacks make up 50 percent of the state and local prisoners incarcerated for drug crimes. Black kids are 10 times more likely to be arrested for drug crimes than white ones — even though white kids are more likely to abuse drugs.

A chart produced by the American Civil Liberties Union shows just how staggeringly large the US prison population has grown.

Via The Ryno
Rishi Suresh's insight:

The political viewpoint of this article aside, what it is saying is that in 2010, more than half of all federal incarcerated criminals were arrested for drug crimes. In addition, it shows the social view towards drug abusers, as it says Caucasians are more likely to actually use drugs, but African-Americans are 10 times as likely to be arrested for the crime. 


The Ryno's curator insight, April 10, 2013 1:14 PM

The War on Drugs is an abject failure, pushed on by pharmaceutical companies who want their drugs to be the only legal drugs, private prison industry that wants to keep their beds filled, and local law enforcement that needs the Federal money to pay the bills. Notice how none of those factors is public health and safety. 

Byung Kim's curator insight, December 13, 2013 7:54 AM

This article gives a consequence to what happens to those who abuse drugs. Many go down this path and never look back, which is why this article is geared towards teenagers to warn them.