February 27, 2013
“Poor diets kill more brothers than pistols.”
It is a powerful and hard hitting reminder to us all that gun violence is just one symptom of a deeply dysfunctional economic system. And it’s an argument that’s making its rounds of the internet in a hard-hitting hip hop video that compares the food industry to gangsters and drug dealers.
And not without good reason.
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.