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Fighting the Smoking Man - The Life and Thoughts of Zach — LiveJournal
Oct. 30th, 2003
12:40 pm -
Fighting the Smoking Man
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October 30th, 2003 06:17 pm (UTC)
Here's the deal:
If people consume it, then they have the right to know what is in it, and the right to the information that will allow them to make good choices.
This goes for prescription medication, food, tobacco, alcohol, dietary supplements, air, water, and media outlets.
If you want to stuff yourself full of McDonald's, smoke Camel Reds, or drink Drano, then you should be given free reign. But what I find entirely reprehensible is that MANY companies--chemical companies like Monsanto or Dow, tobacco companies, whatever--don't disclose ingredients.
Or, even worse, they introduce a new product to the general population with little or no research, then rigorously defend it as "safe". My biggest problem with GMO foods is the lack of research. That, and they're marketed by companies with a clear history of distortion of evidence, disregard for research, and flat-out lying. And I'm supposed to trust these multinational conglomerates? Sure. Right.
Tobacco companies in my eyes are disguisting. You wanna smoke? Great. Then smoke. But when a company adultrates a consumable product without telling the consumer, I think they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, punished on a social level, and subjected to whatever pressures necessary to get them to at least label their products.
But then I've been accused of being a worthless hippy before, so what do I know?
October 30th, 2003 09:19 pm (UTC)
Criminal murder/man slaughter prosecution of corporations and their boards and CEOs is something I dream of seeing every day.