This Is What Advertising Would Look Like If Corporations Told The Truth
The most prominent corporations all use scientific advertising to control the masses. The fact is, most people don’t realize they are consuming and doing the exact thing these companies want!
It’s not hard to manipulate the average person’s mind because people are not educated on how to recognize and also how to protect themselves from these deceptive influences.
The most commonly used method of deception employed by propagandists is the manipulation of our associative memory. Associative memory is when a distinct learning experience becomes intertwined, or associated, with another.
It also works with songs that can make you happy or sad instantly or even a particular smell can bring back memories, which occurs when your associative memory is at work.
If you do not know how this process works, companies could deceive you. And this is what corporations do through their marketing and advertising schemes.
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Almost everyone knows how unhealthy McDonald’s is. Many people such as Morgan Spurlock tried to live off McDonald’s food to see if it was as bad as people say. He had numerous health problems including mental problems.
McDonald’s also sold expired meat, “spreading low wages, abusive conditions and union-busting,” and “wage theft, poverty-level pay, and mistreatment of pregnant workers“ across the planet. McDonald’s also source their meat from companies that abuse and torture animals.
That’s why this particular clown should be the real symbol of McDonald’s as it portrays the reality of what the company stands for and not a happy clown, which deceives people into believing that eating McDonald’s food is fun and exciting.
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Kellogg’s spent millions of dollars guaranteeing that GMO foods are not labeled because they use GMO ingredients in their products. Kellogg’s also use a lot of fructose corn syrup, which is connected to several diseases and health problems.
Some of their brands had massive recalls in 2010 and 2012 for potentially dangerous ingredients, one of them a likely carcinogen.
In 2016 Amnesty International found that Kellogg’s palm oil provider Wilmar International employed 8 to 14-year-old children and used them for slave labor while engaging in human trafficking at the same time.
Kellogg’s, of course, said they did not know about that. But Amnesty’s Human’s Rights Director spoke up saying that this was incorrect.
These two images, represent the true colors of Kellog’s and reveal the truth behind their values.
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Probably Colonel Sanders did not envision his restaurant to become a massive international corporation that fuels the factory farming industry and makes the life of millions of innocent animals hell. But that precisely what KFC stands for these days.
The horror these chickens go through is disturbing, and enough to make even the biggest narcissist cringe in disgust.
Yum! Brands own KFC and also controls other unhealthy fast food brands, such as Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and WingStreet. KFC is not the only restaurant chain to fuel the factory farming industry. McDonald’s and the majority of the fast-food chains use factory farming to source their meats. It is essential to understand that factory farming is not only cruel to the animals but also links directly to cancer, according to the World Health Organization.
Hence the psychotic looking colonel in the photo above is a far more suitable display of KFC image than the friendly colonel, as it gives no evidence of the murder and suffering that occurs behind the scenes.
This image is an excellent depiction of the factory farming industry. It is vital that you know where your food comes from. In essence, factory farming is torture and murder, whether you want to face that truth or not.
Mr Clean (Proctor & Gamble)
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Mr. Clean, run by the giant, Proctor and Gamble, has been known to conduct unethical tests and experiments on innocent animals, including cats and dogs.
P&G also sourced their palm oil from Wilmar International who used small children for slave labor and engaged in human trafficking practices. Just like Kellogg’s, they claimed they didn’t know.
P&G was caught manipulating the market through price fixing and was fined nearly $1 million in China for false advertising claims.
There are many of companies that do not test on animals. You can explore these companies here and here.
Quaker State Oats (PEPSICO)
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The worst thing someone can do is deceive children, especially mentally challenged children. And on top of that, abuse them through unethical experimentation. Sadly that’s what PepsiCo’s subsidiary, Quaker State Oats did.
In the 1940s and 1950s, scientists from the Quaker State Oats Company, MIT and Harvard University did illegal experiments at the Walter E. Fernald State School on mentally challenged children.
The company told parents that their kids would just be eating Quaker State Oats. However, scientists fed the kids oats laced with radioactive calcium and iron as part of a secret experiment.
Then, in 1998 the company paid $1.85 million to their victims. Also, the parent company, Pepsico, spent $2.5 million to block genetically modified foods from being labeled because they use them in their products. The company also contributes to deforestation, poverty wages, human rights violations, and child labor.
Later, another lawsuit was filed against Quaker Oats for deceiving consumers by describing their foods as “healthy,” despite the fact they contain trans fats linked to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Quaker Oats Company also makes Life cereal, Cap’n Crunch, Quisp, Mr. T cereal, Mother’s Natural Foods, Aunt Jemima, Rice-A-Roni, Chew granola bars, King Vitamin, Honey monster puffs, Scott’s porage oats, and other brands which should be blacklisted considering the company’s questionable history.
Monsanto & Bayer
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Many times referred to as “the world’s most evil corporation,” Monsanto has a history of human rights abuse and unethical behavior that make the other companies on this list to look amateurs.
Initially, Monsanto was a chemical company and was fundamental in the development of the first-ever nuclear weapons in the Manhattan project. They harmed countless victims in Vietnam with the development of Agent Orange (a deadly herbicide and defoliant chemical) which resulted in approximately one million Vietnamese developing disabilities and deformities, including 100,000 children.
Above is Nguyen Xuan Minh. He was four years old when this picture was taken at the Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He was deformed since birth from what is believed to be the effects of Agent Orange — Image credit: Paula Bronstein /Getty Images
The U.S. government has documented increased cases of leukemia, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and various types of cancer in veterans who were exposed to the hazardous chemical. Monsanto also caused environmental damage in Vietnam, where more than 3,100,000 hectares of forest were contaminated and destroyed.
But It Gets Worse For Monsanto
The company bribes scientists, foreign government officials, and censors news stories through Fox News. They’ve been linked to India’s epidemic of farmer’s committing suicide, and bullying independent farmers.
This company has a long history of corruption, and they should be shut down for good. However, that will most likely never happen since they reach high up into politics, and other circles of power and influence.
Take a look at an eye-opening documentary and exposition on Monsanto HERE
Monsanto has since merged with Bayer, a company with a history of corruption and human rights abuses. IG Farben, their parent company, used Jewish slave labor during World War 2 and was involved in producing Zyklon B. Zyklon B was used to murder hundreds of thousands of Jews.
In 1978, the company intentionally released products that contained HIV infected blood, causing the deaths of thousands of people who later died from AIDS. They then paid “tens of millions of dollars” to the victims and their families for the irreparable damage. Then, in 2001, they indirectly poisoned two dozen children in Peru.
In 2006 and 2007, it was found that more than 30 countries worldwide had their crops infected by an illegal strain of GMO crops produced by Bayer. In 2011 they were said to have withheld vital information about the risks of one or more of their products by former FDA Commissioner David Kessler. This product (Yaz birth control) has been linked to at least 23 women’s deaths.
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Nestle is often called out in human rights abuses cases and other notable unethical practices.
In the 1970s Nestle started marketing a new baby formula through the use of propaganda and underhanded policies that made their product sound that it was proven by science to be just as good as a mother’s breast milk. They targeted the poor, and also handed out free samples of their “milk” to hospitals. This reportedly resulted in the malnutrition of countless babies and even some deaths.
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The use of propaganda and deceptive marketing, followed by babies deaths emerged again in 2011 in Asia. In 2008 they were again caught using false marketing, this time for their bottled water products.
In 2005 a major lawsuit was filed against Nestle, and other major chocolate manufacturers for using child slave labor in Africa, which still extends to this day. They have admitted employing slave labor in Asia, but they claimed it was not intentional.
In 2007, Nestle agreed to pay $9 million for the price fixing of chocolate, along with Cadbury Adams ($5.7 million), Hershey’s ($5.3 million) and Mars ($3.2 million) in Canada in an unrelated case.
In 2015, it was found that Nestle’s permit to draw water from the San Bernadino national forest expired in 1988. In spite of this, the BBC states that Nestle extracted 36 million gallons of water from the region, which they then bottled for profit. The company did this for five years, even though the civilian population was forced to cut back on their water usage.
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In 2013, their CEO stated that access to water should not be a human right on camera. According to The National, “At the World Water Forum in the Netherlands in 2000, Nestlé and other corporations with a financial interest in controlling the world’s drinking water succeeded in having access to it officially downgraded from a ‘right’ to a mere ‘need.’”
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Apple is a successful and innovative company. They make incredible gadgets, but in human rights subject, Apple is shamefully innovative.
In 2006, The Mail on Sunday did an undercover investigation into working conditions in China, where Apple manufacturers their gadgets, and found many cases of human rights abuse. The workers had to work shifts of 12 hours a day, and many times 15 hours for just £27 – £54 a month. The workers were forced to live on site and pay for their food, which came out of their paycheck.
The principal corporation used by Apple, is Foxconn, a Chinese multinational electronics company notorious for its abuse of workers, including physically abusing them. The violations also include child labor, and has been referred to as both a “sweatshop” and a “labor camp.“ People began to realize what was happening following the suicide of many workers in 2010 by jumping from the building because they couldn’t take the harsh working conditions anymore. Then, in 2012, 150 workers warned that they would take their own lives if working conditions were not corrected. The corporation has since positioned “suicide prevention” nets around the buildings to prevent workers from committing suicide and promised they would also increase wages.
Apple is only one of Foxconn’s clients. The company manufactures other major products, including Nintendo, BlackBerry, Nokia, Xbox, PlayStation, and Amazon Kindle. Sadly, all of us that purchase these products are guilty, but that doesn’t make it okay or absolve us of personal responsibility.
The principal mineral used in Apple’s iPhone is coltan, which is found in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Congo has one of the most precious pieces of land on the planet, but somehow the people are among the poorest due to foreign exploitation. Child labor often does the mining of this mineral. Since consumers have become aware of this, Apple stated they would cease sourcing from the DRC.
In 2013, leaked NSA documents revealed that they do, in fact, have access to Apple user’s private data. This access included text messages, photos, personal location, microphone, and camera usage. Facebook, Google, Dropbox, Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL were also included, and all the companies denied knowing about it.
How Can We Stop This
We need to start voting using our wallet. Consumers have the power to change companies behaviors. Every time you pay for something, you can be contributing to something good or evil in this world.
If we want an ethical and sustainable world, we must stop giving our hard earned money to corporations that do not align with our code of ethics and integrity. These companies, of course, will always deny the wrongdoings. However, when you look for the cheapest labor, you can find, abuses of this nature will continue to happen.
These massive multi-billion dollar corporations could easily raise wages and standards for the workers, but they only care about maximizing profits.
We need to support ethical companies, so the other companies can feel that consumers want to buy ethical products and cause less harm in this world. It could cost more money to get ethical products, and it might mean we have to examine the companies we buy from, but we will have a clean conscience when we look in the mirror.
These terrible work conditions do not help people make money in the developing countries. If we are concerned with increasing their living standards, there are many other ways to do so, such as legitimate nonprofit organizations and better salaries. We as a society should not support a flawed system. We should look to create and promote a better one.
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