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Capitalism and Parenting Fears

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Sally Ann
- 3033 days ago -
The result - My Toxic Baby - is a powerful documentary that looks at a childs exposure to chemicals and the appalling absence of regulations governing the baby products flooding the market.

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Sally Ann G (256)
Friday January 29, 2010, 10:00 am
This is rather a sad and sorry state of affairs when just buying things for the new arrival is fraught with danger. I am sure glass baby bottles and cloth nappies were far safer when I was a baby. Glass bottles could be boiled and recycled and cloth nappies were just that eventually ending up as dusters or rags, and not made with everything unhealthy and sitting in the landfill for ever.

Mary S (12)
Saturday January 30, 2010, 2:33 pm
WOW, So how do I get to see this movie?

These are issues any parent should learn all they can about.

Joaquin M. (0)
Saturday January 30, 2010, 4:09 pm

Tierney G (381)
Saturday January 30, 2010, 4:40 pm
This is sad I am afraid it will only get worse. Thanks Sally

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Saturday January 30, 2010, 8:15 pm
Noted, thanks.

Alice B (241)
Saturday January 30, 2010, 10:11 pm
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! As a mom, an elder, and an activist for kids' rights and green living, I constantly try to teach people the real meaning of "capitalism": capital/wealth for the stinking rich and the crappiest of crapola for the rest of us. Finally someone has made a documentary putting it all together in terms of crapitalism and the industry surrounding babies and having children. ABOUT DAMN TIME! Readers: back in the 19th century here in the USA and in other countries in the throes of the industrial 'revolution' - working-class and poor women slaved horrendously in unhealthy, unsafe "sweatshops" while their babies were fed adulterated "milk" that was often nothing more than watered-down flour-and-water paste and/or chalk. And guess what? Many of the world's WORST sweatshops today are located right here in the USA, e.g. the garment sweatshops in NYC and CA - often with the collaboration of deals with corrupt union 'leaders.' Time for people to begin to think about what life is like for those who actually make the "great deals" that big stores like Walmart sell. Think about it: are those great deal items being made by kids? By sexually brutalized teenagers? A LITTLE RESEARCH ONLINE WILL TELL YOU THE STATUS OF PRODUCTS IN MANY CASES. Also I refer readers to the following bilingual {Spanish/English{ website for the USA organization fighting sweatshops:

Henriette M (154)
Sunday January 31, 2010, 1:42 am
As a civilized world we have come a long ways, but it is not all that good when we consider all the toxic we are surrounded with! I raised my 2 children with cloth diapers, it was not, I must say always pleasant, but I saved the landfill from 12,000 disposable diapers. That is a lot! And glass bottled were the only kind available at that time. Thank goodness! Both my babies never used pacifiers which I found to be unhealthy so they were never exposed to them. Toys were passed down from family which withstood numerous children before them. I must praised myself for having done somewhat good in that department at the time. Today the quality of toys are, your lucky if they last a week! But we have come a long ways since then & somehow I feel no better for it!

Sally Ann G (256)
Sunday January 31, 2010, 8:15 am
And even as this conversation is going on Wal Mart is recalling childrens toys from the shelves yet again. When we will the consumer take control of what our babies and children are being exposed to each and every day.

Paul Puckett (46)
Sunday January 31, 2010, 10:12 am
I agree with the articles main theme that there are too many toxic chemicals in use but completely disagree with the reference to Capitalism as being related. There are toxic chemicals in use in countries that are not Capitalistic and the article does not provide any tangible evidence or reason to connect two unconnected concepts. As consumers buy more organic and natural products, chemical use will fall unless these chemicals are supported by Governmental rules and regulations.

Educating consumers is the answer, not changing economic systems. Amazing how many people have no clue that plastic is a petroleum based product, or that petroleum is another word for oil.

Anne F (17)
Sunday January 31, 2010, 10:27 am
Helping make the future better includes buying carefully (contraceptives, folic acid, for mom and baby). We can't follow the ads.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday January 31, 2010, 1:30 pm

Thanks Sally. Good article.

We are all at risk from the different poisons in our societies, but babies are less able to cope. Capitalism works much bnetter if customers are informed. We should all question new (and old) products to find out what's in them.

Paula B (6)
Monday February 1, 2010, 7:26 am
Great story and so important. I breastfed both kids and partially cloth diapered them to help keep them healthy. But there's so much more. Would love to know how to see this movie!

I'd also like to add that many people are horrified at how expensive babies are. But when you feed them naturally and take care of them as naturally as possible, costs go way down, including medical costs. Babies don't need even half the things new parents are taught they do.

Tekla Drakfrende (82)
Monday February 1, 2010, 7:45 am
sad and worrying
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