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OK, this is a pretty oversimplified depiction of the relationship between corporate interests, farmers, and consumers — but that means it’s a good starting point for anyone who isn’t sure how subsidies for corn and soy led to a food system where processed crap is not only common but, for many people, inescapable. And it takes less than four minutes to watch!

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The Biggest Loser framing doesn’t really work for me, though that may be because I don’t watch the show and there are some inside jokes I don’t get. (I assume? Because I’m definitely missing something — why is that lady with the tennis racket weeping openly?) But you can just ignore that part. It’s still worth showing to your friends who need a quick, simple primer on how this stuff interrelates and why you care.

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