As upper-middle-class consumers increasingly seek out healthier foods, the fast food chains are targeting low-income, minority communities -- much like the tobacco companies did, when wealthy and well-educated people began to quit smoking. And when things aren't inevitable, that means things don't have to be the way they are.
At Growing Power, an organization based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, kids from the projects and the inner city are learning how to grow their own food.
It's better for the human beings who work the land.
There is some scientific debate about the health effects of pesticide residues, at minute levels, in food.
The fast food chains and agribusiness companies are earning large profits, while shifting even larger costs onto the rest of society.
The game has been rigged in favor of the powerful and well connected, at the expense of everyone else.
And what are the potential, long-term harms of the pesticides now being sprayed on our crops?
Brain damage, lung damage, cancers of the breast, colon, lung, pancreas, and kidney, birth defects, sterility, and other ailments. It is the poor and working people in the United States who need a new, sustainable food system more than anyone else. They are exposed to the worst chemicals on the job.
Two-thirds of American adults are obese or overweight, and economists from Cornell and Lehigh universities have estimated that obesity is now responsible for 17 percent of the nation's annual medical costs: about 8 billion a year.
African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic whites, and more likely to be poor.