The Big Lie (German: Große Lüge) is a propaganda technique. The expression was coined by Adolf Hitler, when he dictated his 1925 book Mein Kampf, about the use of a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” — Wikipedia
“It is appropriate that we consider taste and smell together because they are so intertwined in our experience that most people are unaware that most of what they call taste is really an olfactory experience,” write Michael D. Mann, Ph.D., in The Nervous System In
Its investigation found “blueberries” that were nothing more than a concoction of sugar, corn syrup, starch, hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors and — of course — artificial food dye blue No. 2 and red No. 40. The offenders are well-known manufacturers such as Kellogg’s, Betty Crocker and General Mills, and the fakes were found in bagels, cereals, breads and muffins. Some products contain real blueberries mixed with fakes. For example, the blueberry bagels sold at Target contain some real berries but the “blueberry bits” listed in the ingredients aren’t real blueberries, according to Mike Adams, the author of the report.
Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats Blueberry Muffin variety has no blueberries but does have “blueberry flavored crunchies” made from the sugar-and-dye concoction mentioned above.
My personal favorite fraud is Total Blueberry Pomegranate cereal, from General Mills, which contains no blueberries and no pomegranates.
Aren’t there laws against this type of
An exposé titled “Crackdown on Fraudulent Food Labels” by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) points out that “for years, CSPI has filed complaints with the [Food and Drug Administration (FDA)] about egregiously mislabeled foods — for example, “blueberry” waffles with no blueberries or “strawberry” yogurt for kids with no strawberries:”
The FDA’s inaction on such products has been taken by food manufacturers as a signal to make even more deceptive claims, said CSPI.
“Food manufacturers are shamelessly tricking consumers who are trying to eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains,” said CSPI director of legal affairs Bruce Silverglade. “Too many processed foods contain only token amounts of the healthful ingredients highlighted on labels and are typically loaded with fats, refined sugars, refined flour, and salt, in various
Consumers are led to believe products contain what they see on the package, and well-packaged displays have had a deep impact on what society considers to be true. The film crew for Disney’s White Wilderness, for example, “induced lemmings into jumping off a cliff and into the sea in order to document their supposedly suicidal behavior,” notes Snopes.com, leading to “a widespread belief that lemmings commit suicide en masse when their numbers grow too
While this mass suicide behavior is not true for lemmings, it is sometimes seen in human populations as was the case when “over 1,500 farmers in an Indian state committed suicide after being driven to debt by crop failure,” reports The Independent:
Bharatendu Prakash, from the Organic Farming Association of India, told the Press Association: “Farmers’ suicides are increasing due to a vicious circle created by money lenders. They lure farmers to take money but when the crops fail, they are left with no option other than
“When Prince Charles claimed thousands of Indian farmers were killing themselves after using GM crops, he was branded a scaremonger,” notes the The Daily Mail Online website. “Pro-GM experts claim that it is rural poverty, alcoholism, drought and ‘agrarian distress’ that is the real reason for the horrific toll.”
Village after village, families told how they had fallen into debt after being persuaded to buy GM seeds instead of traditional cotton seeds. The price difference is staggering: £10 for 100 grams of GM seed, compared with less than £10 for 1,000 times more traditional seeds.
But GM salesmen and government officials had promised farmers that these were ‘magic seeds’ — with better crops that would be free from parasites and insects. Indeed, in a bid to promote the uptake of GM seeds, traditional varieties were banned from many government seed banks. The authorities had a vested interest in promoting this new biotechnology. Desperate to escape the grinding poverty of the post-independence years, the Indian government had agreed to allow new bio-tech giants, such as the U.S. market-leader Monsanto, to sell their new seed
Though areas of India planted with GM seeds have doubled in two years – up to 17 million acres – many famers have found there is a terrible price to be paid. Far from being ‘magic seeds’, GM pest-proof ‘breeds’ of cotton have been devastated by bollworms, a voracious parasite. Nor were the farmers told that these seeds require double the amount of water. This has proved a matter of life and death. With rains failing for the past two years, many GM crops have simply withered and died, leaving the farmers with crippling debts and no means of paying them off.
Having taken loans from traditional money lenders at extortionate rates, hundreds of thousands of small farmers have faced losing their land as the expensive seeds fail, while those who could struggle on faced a fresh crisis. When crops failed in the past, farmers could still save seeds and replant them the following year. But with GM seeds they cannot do this. That’s because GM seeds contain so- called ‘terminator technology’, meaning that they have been genetically modified so that the resulting crops do not produce viable seeds of their own. As a result, farmers have to buy new seeds each year at the same punitive prices. For some, that means the difference between life and
i The Food and Drug Administration does not require flavor companies to disclose the ingredients of their additives, so long as all the chemicals are considered by the agency to be GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe). This lack of public disclosure enables the companies to maintain the secrecy of their formulas. It also hides the fact that flavor compounds sometimes contain more ingredients than the foods being given their taste. The ubiquitous phrase “artificial strawberry flavor” gives little hint of the chemical wizardry and manufacturing skill that can make a highly processed food taste like a strawberry.
– Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (New York: HarperCollins, 2002, 2001), p. 43.
1 Michael D. Mann, Ph.D., “The Nervous System In Action,” University of Nebraska Medical Center, 1997 at http://www.unmc.edu/physiology/Mann/mann10.html (retrieved: 14 January 2012).
2 Shari Roan, “Fake blueberries abound in food products,” Los Angeles Times, 20 January 2011, at http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jan/20/news/la-heb-fake-blueberries-20110120 (retrieved: 14 January 2012).
3 “Crackdown on Fraudulent Food Labels Urged: CSPI Exposes Some of the Most Misleading Ingredient Claims,” Center for Science in the Public Interest, 27 Ocbober 2005, at http://www.cspinet.org/new/200510272.html (retrieved: 14 January 2012).
4 “White Wilderness,” Snopes.com, 19 August 2007, at http://www.snopes.com/disney/films/lemmings.asp (retrieved: 14 January 2012).
5 “1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India,” The Independent, 15 April 2009, at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/1500-farmers-commit-mass-suicide-in-india-1669018.html (retrieved: 14 January 2012).
6 Andrew Malone, “The GM genocide: Thousands of Indian farmers are committing suicide after using genetically modified crops,” Mail Online, 2 November 2008, at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1082559/The-GM-genocide-Thousands-Indian-farmers-committing-suicide-using-genetically-modified-crops.html (retrieved: 21 March 2012).
HealthRanger, “Blueberries faked in cereals, muffins, bagels and other food products – Food Investigations,” NaturalNews.com, 18 January 2011, at http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=7EC06D27B1A945BE85E7DA8483025962 (retrieved: 17 November 2013).
Larry D. Woodard, “McDonald’s Ad: Food Photos Never What You Get,” ABC News, 21 June 2012, at http://abcnews.go.com/Business/mcdonalds-ad-food-photos/story?id=16621290 (retrieved: 26 June 2012).
“Don’t buy it: Get media smart!,” PBS Kids Go!, at http://pbskids.org/dontbuyit/advertisingtricks/foodadtricks.html (retrieved: 21 June 2012).
Joe Martino, “Ever Wonder About “Fresh Squeezed 100%” Orange Juice?” Collective Evolution, 9 November 2011, at http://www.collective-evolution.com/2011/11/09/ever-wonder-about-fresh-squeezed-100-orange-juice/ (retrieved: 20 February 2013).
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