“Greed is good.” That’s a line many people remember from the movie “Wall Street“.
“Greed is good” resonates strongly today because of the enormity of truth behind that three word explanation of life.
Multi-million dollar giants who use that as their daily mantra own Wall Street traded companies; places like Whole Foods, Nabisco, Horizon Organic, Green Giant, Birds Eye and more.
“Greed is good”…Now drink your milk and eat your food. Spend as much as they say for the cheapest ingredients, sprayed with poison known to destroy lives before birth, that is backed by paid scientific explanations as to why the rise of obesity and horrific disease is simply a coincidence.
If you were to sit down and measure the amount of fecal matter in your fast food burger, or rat droppings in your high quality hot dog or any number of cleaning solvents found in your every day lettuce you would think someone is breaking the law. They’re not. They’re following it!
Enter the honorable and legal Fiduciary Obligation.
Definition: “A legal duty to act solely in another party’s interests. Parties owing this duty are called fiduciaries. The individuals to whom they owe a duty are called principals.”
That’s corporate talk for, “Profit over People”
This law pivots the consumer against the corporation. Part of a Fiduciary Obligation is to make as much money for the corporation as possible without breaking any laws. In other words, ‘push it as far as you can before paying a fine or going to jail’.
An example of this would be Dominos Pizza. Their balance of being consumer friendly and upholding their pledge to corporate profiteering is available here. The profit on the average is about 900 percent, per customer. What do you think the profit margin would be if they used quality, organic ingredients that would not be as harmful? It would be around 500 percent and that just isn’t enough profit to make them capitulate to a healthier you.
You’re not worth it to them. Neither are your children. If they are fishing for your business by advertising the use of real cheese, something is wrong.
From pizza to government protection agencies, we are climbing an uphill battle against our own tax dollars. We pay agencies to uphold laws, but agencies are extensions of government, many of which have Monsanto execs at the helm. The same people that allow your kids to up their chances of early death by eating their vegetables are the same ones making the laws to make it happen. That’s your tax money paying the salaries of people who wouldn’t blink an eye at your illness or death, but shiver at the thought of a CEO not being able to fundraise during election year.
It’s not a political party issue. It is the equivalent of getting the DMV involved with your diet. No matter how you look at it, the cushy law that was once used as a respectable way of generating stockholder revenue, keeping corporate elites honest is now used as a means of capitalizing on the use of food that is less nutritious than plastic.
There is a reason why recent presidents endorse Monsanto employees to head agencies yet dine with them while eating organic. You don’t think Wall Street came up with ‘Greed is Good’, do you? It was our appointed representatives, our lawmakers, the ones that take your house if you don’t pay your share.
There’s an upside to all of this. There’s a new era on the horizon and it is all organic. And all you have to do is pay more than you have for it. How convenient.
Hint – Farmers don’t chant ‘Greed is Good’. Neither do responsible business owners that pledge a healthy criteria the day they open their doors. Yet, they pay dearly both in dollars and growth. If the small business person wants a fighting chance, some of the cost must be absorbed by the consumer.
Your tax dollars pay for SWAT raids on organic farms, not school books, not after school programs, not housing for vets or help for the homeless…..and certainly not helping the organic farmer nourish your family.
When was the last time government stormtroopers kicked in Tony the Tiger’s door? Why is Tony’s factory subsidized and given enormous tax cuts to use DNA altering chemicals and a small business growing vegetables having to pay thousands just to exist?
The same reason why a bacon avocado cheeseburger is 99 cents and an avocado alone is $1.99.
There is a vicious circle of Greed is Good going on and it is landing on your dinner table.
Can you believe corporations are now using terms like ‘All Natural‘ because it is cheaper to print that on a label than it is to give you a quality food?
Can you believe that principles of major food corporations refuse to eat their own products?
So, here is how to empower yourself and take away from big food all at the same time:
- Support your local farms and farmer’s markets! If you live in an area where you are within an hour of driving to a local farm or farmer’s market, do it. Make it a family event where you and your family can enjoy some outdoor time and pick your own produce. Many of the farmer’s markets now carry eggs, dairy and meats.
- Buy local. If your market carries local produce, get it. Local farms seem to abide by a sense of local community standards that usually remains high, if anything due to threat of culpability. I would like to think it is because they are proud to be part of raising a healthier community. Oh, and just because it has the word ‘Farms’ in the company doesn”t mean it’s a farm. It means those owners are scumbags.
- Buy organic. ESPECIALLY MEATS AND DAIRY!!! Conventional meat alone has over 3000 approved chemicals that can be used on it before you eat it. Dairy is even worse.
- Educate yourself. Go ‘Old School’. One of the interesting things I have learned about many clients I work with on nutrition is how many of them say the same thing to me after our first meeting; “My grandma says the exact same thing.” That’s because your grandma was born when food was still medicine and nourishment didn’t come from a protein bar. If you look at how we ate from the 1930’s back, you will see a significantly less amount of obesity and illness. No Greed is Good, no Wall Street/Big Food handshake, no Monsanto, no nothing……. just people and the right to live. How do you get your hands on such food? Keep it local, keep it organic, learn labels, learn ingredients.
- Run from ‘All Natural’. Everything on Earth is all natural. Look at the real definition of it. It’s a scam. Gasoline is all natural. So are plastic and smog.
- Eliminate or significantly reduce sugar. There are 56 DISGUISED NAMES for sugar. Why do you think that is? I do not know of disguised names for omega fats, or protein or even carbohydrates.
- Teach your children now. Get them involved now. The more you integrate them into proper nutritional thinking, the more years you are adding on to their lives. Kids need every bit of help they can get. Education is protection, especially when it comes to food and future.
Big Food isn’t going to change; only their tactics will. There’s too much profit being made for them to change any formulas. That only happens when enough people die or a class action lawsuit is going to be filed. It’s the same thing with intersections with no red lights, the same thing with putting in a guard rail, the same thing as putting a warning label on a pack of cigarettes.
You have your own fiduciary obligation to yourself and your family. We live in a time when there are no givens and smoke and mirrors are disguised as ‘All Natural‘ and ‘No Hormones Added‘ and ‘Low Fat‘.
You don’t have to carry a sign and march to have an impact.
Fiduciary obligations are necessary in many companies and the only way to change the law is to respect it. That means not buying into the trickery and profiteering of today’s big food companies. The less profit they see, the more likely they are to bend. The more profit they see from small local farms, the more they will acclimate to new standards.
These dinosaur corporations won’t topple easily, but there are already cracks in their foundations. The law hasn’t changed; we have.
With more education and more dedication to our local resources, we will gravitate to a stand-off between the profit and the product. And the definition of the Fiduciary Obligation and the mantra of Wall Street will finally part ways.