Creating Waves of Awareness
A poet compares weapons used by governments and people. Does it make you think about addiction, society and who wins or loses? As you look at the gravestones, what happened to those people? How old were they when they died and what was the cause of death? Are we all slowly dying?
Published on Feb 5, 2014
"But don't you know we are still at war with a country that wants us dead?
How us children of Panama and America learn early
to walk softly and carry a big stick
like Army assault rifle in one hand,
Coca-Cola bottle in the other.
Our country wasn't enough,
they are colonizing our bodies, our taste buds.
It isn't a coincidence that the military and beverage companies call us their target audience,
our black and brown bodies marching to the center of their crosshairs."
Gabriel Cortez creates a historical bridge between Panama and growing up Panamanian-American, and the "arsenal of ways to self-destruct" that unite the intergenerational effects of Type 2 diabetes. Watch "Perfect Soldier", a new Bigger Picture film directed by Jamie DeWolf.
“The United States ranks first among countries in soft drink consumption. The per-capita consumption of soft drinks is in excess of 150 quarts per year, or about three quarts per week,” James A Howenstine M.D. A Physician’s Guide to Natural Health Products That Work
The United States, with less than 5 percent of the world’s population, is the largest soda consumer and accounted for one third of total soda consumption in 1999. The 58 billion liters sold there (2000) generated $48 billion dollars in revenue for the soda industry.
“The relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchers calculate that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times.”
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