How to Scare the Shit out of Corporate Food: Eat More Kale
December 15, 2011 2 Comments
Many reacted with shock when Chick-fil-A sent a cease and desist letter to a dude from Vermont who made t-shirts declaring “Eat More Kale.” The shirt was allegedly ripping off the fast food chain’s “eat mor chikin” slogan.
Over the years I’ve interviewed dozens of executives from companies such as Cargill, Tyson’s, Monsanto, and Syngenta (not to mention dozens more in the corn, soy, and cattle business). I’m therefore not surprised at Chick-fil-A’s action. As I’ve learned, any hint of veganism scares the life out of these companies. I remember asking a Monsanto representative if he worried about the growing power of the Eat Local movement. He laughed and told me not at all. It was the potential that veganism would gain the popularity of localism that kept him up at night.
The Food Movement as a whole barely registers with the big guys because the big guys know they can always use their power to co-opt the movement’s defining ideas. Just this morning McDonald’s tweeted about its own “farm to fork story.” Laugh all you want at such cynicism, but McDonald’s knows exactly what it’s doing. The company understands full well that its “farm to fork story” is a sham. But it also knows that in telling that story, the company undermines the exclusive power that the “farm to fork” concept once carried, and thus saps strength from the Food Movement.
Can’t do this with veganism. As I have argued repeatedly, veganism is therefore the most direct and effective action we can take to challenge the corruption and dominance of industrial agriculture. So, eat more kale (no matter where it was grown), buy a t-shirt from this guy (http://eatmorekale.com/), and if you are not vegan, become one.