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Food Illuminati

Hello all – it’s Carissa. I’m a high school student (but not for much longer) as you may already know. My life is surrounded by peer pressure, trends, television, social media, music and a lot of other things that influence a person’s thinking. I’m realizing that even though I’m knowledgeable on the way certain things in my environment work to sway my thinking and actions; all of these environmental influences still somewhat affect me. For instance, even with everything I know, all of the research and stats I reviewed on what’s good to eat and what’s not, I’m only human and I give into the temptation of a donut or a smoothie every once in a while.

There are stories in the entertainment world that point to some sort of behind the scenes secret society (Illuminati) that allegedly mastermind world events and a lot of what happens in our environments. That’s right - a group of people controlling what we see, what we hear, and how it’s being given to us. There’s even word that artists, actors, and those at the top of their field had to make some serious sacrifices to be there and to be part of this elite group. So, who are these people and is are Illuminati activities really happening now? Well, let’s see… How often do you see movies (other than on BET) where black people hold positions of power? How often do your hear of or see rapper’s speaking about something positive or inspirational (and YES there are quite a few rappers sharing something positive)? How often do you hear about something positive happening in our communities? In my opinion, the answer would be rarely if ever. Some people say it’s just a coincidence, but I don’t think so.

Now, relating this back to the food marketing system - pricing, placement, product and promotion - just like some people believe the media messages we receive are being controlled it is also quite obvious that our food marketing system is being controlled.

Do you feel in control at this point as to what you see in your community? - Probably not.  I know I hate feeling out of control with any aspect of my life so the idea that someone else is in control makes me nervous. The truth is the food companies with the most money seem to have the most of the power. This wouldn’t be a problem if the companies with the most money actually cared about our health instead of making MORE money.   

The idea of someone or a group of people who can’t even relate to me deciding beforehand what I’ll accept -  what I will have to buy because it’s the only thing available in my community priced so I can afford it’s beyond me. The shock and the craze of a system that has been in place most of our lives predetermining this food thing for us really should be a concern for all of us. It’s no mistake to me that there are excessive amounts of ads and fast food places in our neighborhood than others. The current system has already predetermined that you and I SUPPOSELY want. You may be under the impression that you’re making these choices but subconsciously your choice is being made for you. Some people are aware and others are in the dark but….

The Illuminati… I don’t know about but the Food Illuminati Definitely!!

So let’s take action and SHIFTDemand!!  In closing,

Nobody's free until everybody's free. - Fannie Lou Hamer

The first need of a free people is to define their own terms. - Stokely Carmichael

Carissa, SHIFT Crew Leader

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