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Something that has sparked my interest recently are some of the major issues our world faces today, especially the western world that I have taken an interest in. This is climate change and the obesity epidemic that a lot of our wonderful countries need to start to address.
First is the Obesity epidemic which I was aware of but lacked some of the complicating “know how” that America faces and I’m sure my country faces too (New Zealand). I watched the documentary Food Inc and Feed up which really blew my mind. I’ve always said sugar is a killer and it needs to be managed but its such a tricky issue, especially when you have these large conglomerates that make up huge parts of different industries who in some cases team together to take on policy that would damage their business/wider industries. The really frustrating thing for me is, it is the children, friend and families who suffer, then it is the environment which Humans generally disregard anyway, sadly.
People need to start giving a fuck about some of these serious issues and taking ownership of what is right and wrong, the government will not be able to do it for you, possibly in time, but that is after people understand the bigger picture – that the government is not always trying to take away your rights and freedom to eat and pollute but to try to lessen the impact of these businesses who have multi billon dollar interests in the food and energy industries. An actual fact it is these industries that prompt these media debates which tpush your buttons. For example, this nanny state shit, that industry says certain countries will become if they start to restrict what kind of car we drive or whether we get a bucket of chicken etc but funnily enough these are clever ploys that deceive you into thinking that the government is wrong and “I SHOULD BE ABLE TO EAT WHAT I WANT ETC” well no, not when your wasteline directly impacts my local health services, tax and insurance. Why should I be impacted because of your negligence? Apparently, according to this “feed me” doco, the american health service is slammed by around 60-70 percent with patients who suffer from obesity related illness, whether this is dibeties or stomach stapling, WE (when I say we, I mean Americans) pay for this, so to go back to my point, everyone should take an interest and try to reduce these horrible statistics! Imagine how more productive we would be, how more resiliant our communities would become. The economic benefit I’m sure would far out way the cons of closing Kellogs!
Climate change is another which I will talk about next time. This is a real issue too which is interlinked with the food industries in more ways than one.