During my early career as a music therapist, my social consciousness was shaped by discussions about Nestle food products in less economically developed countries in the 1970s. Nestle makes many things children love to eat, especially chocolate, baby foods, cereal, and cookies.
The problem for many of us was Nestle’s encouraging
families to wean infants from breastfeeding to infant formula made by
Nestle. We know that breast milk has great nutritional value for young
infants. The Nestle formula had to be mixed with water — which may be
contaminated in some poorer countries — and required fuel to boil the
water for the formula itself and sterilization of bottles. In response
to Nestle’s infant formula campaign, many socially aware people around
the world boycotted all Nestle products, including chocolate milk, in
hopes that Nestle would change its ways. That boycott continues to this
Food and politics remain part and parcel of modern
family life around the world. We buy food at the farmer’s market,
neighborly country store, health food store, or supermarket. The owners
of these establishments earn a profit from our purchases, reinvesting
that money in their business and community. Sometimes the owner
contributes to a social or political cause dear to the heart of the
owner. There are those owners who also understand that supporting a
candidate or cause is a politically savvy move.
Read more on: http://www.parentsociety.com/todays-family/same-sex-parents/the-politics-of-food-and-family/
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