I ran across a story that finally hit the Internet news only this morning though it was first published 2 months ago (at least as far as I can find.) The gist of it is that 70% of the nation’s young people 17-24 are ineligible to enlist in the armed forces because of inadequate education, criminal records or being physically unfit – ie obese. While issues of early childhood education and poverty obviously matter, what struck me about this as well as the debate on health care is the lack of discussion about the food industry and agribusinesses’ role in destroying the nation’s health – purely out of greed. Then last night I watched Frontline’s documentary on the Medicated Child. It’ll make you cry to see little kids on as many as 8 behavior-controlling drugs, with devastating long-term impacts on their lives and health.
We live in a money-driven society. The role of corporate greed in climate change, war, and ill health comes ever more into focus. Follow the money. Where are the profits? They’re in the arms industry, the food industry, the drug industry, the insurance industry. Until the collective we faces up to and deals with this elephant in the living room, we’re putting a death wish on this country, and most likely on our species.