Other Ways of Killing Our Kids
We did not set out to kill our children, but that is what we are doing. Obesity and diabetes are end results of industry and regulatory systems that refuse to accept responsibility for the consequences of their decisions.
They are natural outcomes of creating environments where physical activity is discouraged. They stem from the widespread use of harmful chemicals. They are promoted through advertising junk food to children and government’s unwillingness to regulate it. They are linked to subsidies that support commodity crops instead of vegetables.
We even export the conditions that are killing our children, as Dr. David Wallinga and his colleagues at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy point out in Exporting Obesity: How U.S. farm and trade policy is transforming the Mexican food environment. The report focuses on one country, but the story is similar around the globe, and at home.
Drawing a Line in the Sand
We all draw our own lines in the sand. We bump up against something we find intolerable and say, “No more.”
Killing our children is intolerable. It is time for us to draw a line in the sand. We can insist companies stop undermining our children’s health, stop poisoning the environment, stop misusing water, soil and air.
We adults have not been able to do that for ourselves. We have caved in to moneyed interests and allowed ourselves to be seduced by false promises. We have allowed governments to slash needed services and oversight.
Let’s show more backbone. Let’s stop killing the kids.
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