The food industry seems to be as amoral as the tobacco industry. In America they convinced the legislators that sugar wasn’t the culprit, fat was, so they could continue selling their sweetened products.
Due to legislation and subsidies pushed for by the food industry, in Mexico and south it is cheaper to buy bottles of soft-drink than it is to buy bottles of water. Schools are given free softdrink for the students who become hooked for life. The consequent chronic illness and tooth decay is left untreated.
In Australia, the Food Industry seems equally morally untroubled with blocking information about healthy/unhealthy choices for consumers as evidenced by their strong opposition to the food star sytem. Exaserbating the problem is the fact that ANZFA is as emeshed with the industry as the financial industry regulaters were in theirs. Therefore ANZFA do more to represent the industry than the consumers.
Where does that leave us? The food industry segregating consumbers into finer segments that they can target with specifically enticing marketting. They seem to ignore any consequenses of their actions.
Should business continue to do this? Hell no, but these businesses have no morals so they won’t stop until forced to by legislation. Our legislators have proven that they aren’t going to do anything to get in the way of the food industry, so the only way is if there is a massive public outcry to stop it. Will this happen? No, because too many adults are hooked on sweetend drinks and junk food, and won’t want to give it up.
Will pointing out that that the junk food is leading to childhood obesity make any difference? No because we have already know that for some time. Has anything been done about it? NO.
So how do you stop this? Stop political donations from indsutries like these. Then the politicians may regain some sense of perspective and actually consider doing something about childhood obesity.