What if I told you that the food industry specifically targets the poor and minorities?
Today I’m honored to share a conversation that I had recently with my friend and activist, Hawk Newsome.
Hawk Newsome is an activist at the forefront of the New Civil Rights Movement and former County Committee Member of New York’s District 79. He has dedicated his adult life to the betterment of his community and our nation as a whole.
Throughout his life Hawk has engaged in protests and activities to combat injustice. Over the past few years, he has worked tirelessly leading protests and seeking justice for the families of those slain by overzealous police officers. In 2013, Hawk joined the Justice League NYC and has engaged in their national campaign to fix the broken criminal justice system.
In this conversation, I got a chance to sit down with Hawk and talk about his upbringing and how that influenced the trajectory of his life and mission. We also talk about our food system as an invisible form of oppression in black communities.
Did you know that more African Americans are killed by bad food than anything else?
We do know that 1.3% of all deaths are caused by gun violence. And it is real and tragic and needs to end.
But we may not know that 70% of deaths are caused by chronic disease—mostly the result of our toxic food system.
The science is clear—our processed, sugary, starchy diet is the single biggest cause of disease and death—type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, and even dementia.
Hawk is on a mission to transform food consumption practices in his community, and I am so honored to be a part of that mission.
Thanks for listening!
Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD