Hip hop video deconstructs food imperialism


[video link] FOOD FIGHT – Kid Battles Corporate Machine – featuring Stic.Man of Dead Prez

By likening food corporations to drug pushers, this wonderfully conceived hip hop video hits all the right notes. As the rapper intones, “Poor diets kill more brothers than pistols,” Vandana Shiva deconstructs the food industry’s nefarious strategy for population control.

As Treehugger notes:

There’s slavery in our chocolate; drug-tainted horse meat masquerading as beef; obesity and poverty co-existing side-by-side and a food industry that fights hard to keep us in the dark about the correlation between cancer and our diet. And we haven’t even gotten to insecticides killing the bees we rely on for survival, or our meat- and dairy-heavy diet contributing to deadly climate change.

This is usually where someone chimes in with arguments about freedom of choice, free markets and personal responsibility. And this is where the analogy between fast food and hard drugs becomes particularly useful. We don’t allow drug dealers to pedal crack cocaine for a very good reason – and we certainly don’t let them put up billboards, advertise to our kids, or lobby congress.

Sugar is as addictive as cocaine. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.