I updated my facebook status the other day on facebook about how if you saw the superbowl commercials you may now think that if you eat doritos, drink pepsi and coca-cola and drive a toyota camry that you’ll be a better father, and a happier person that get’s better looking dates etc… the list goes on and on in the tv advertising world. I posed this as a joke and someone responded with a comment saying that feeding your kid’s doritos is child abuse because of it containing MSG. I responded saying that if that’s the case then myself and millions of other kid’s have been abused during childhood and that it does some injustice to the people who were actually abused physically, verbally and sexually as children.
It’s important to stay grounded, humble and understand that everyone is doing the best with what they have and what they know. Your job is to do your best, not to judge others. If you want to spread the message of healthy food and organic living then live it yourself and treat people with love and compassion and they will be gravitated towards the organic lifestyle.
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I have to disagree with you on a few points. First, what we buy and what (or who) we eat, does not only impact our own bodies. It's not just about health. Is eating a Dorito child abuse? Yes it is. A baby cow had to be taken away from his/her mother and sent to a veal concentration camp so his/her mother's milk could be taken and used to make that dorito. It shouldn't be a choice to feed your kids or yourselves the life and pain of a fellow sentient being. Another issue is palm oil. Most big companies use it, I couldn't tell you if its in Doritos or not though as I haven't eaten them in years for these reasons, but palm oil is one of the biggest reason for mass rainforest destruction and is driving orangutans to extinction at a vast rate; like an "in our near future" rate. If there is death and torture, there is inevitable abuse in these "junk foods" whether its directly to your own child or not.
What about the fact that most "food animals" are stored in 3rd world countries where children are literally starving to death and don't even have access to clean drinking water? Meanwhile the water in THEIR country is going towards watering the massive fields of GMO grain grown in their country which is fed to these poor abused "food" animals who will be shipped to us here in the U.S to create said "junk food"? To say that "junk food" is NOT child abuse is too general a statement for the real reasons I pointed out here.
Obviously excessive junk food is child abuse when that is what you're allowing your kids to live off of for your own convenience (I think we've all known these people.) But any food, whether deemed junk or not, is abuse if another was abused in order to produce it. And that is simply a choice none of us deserve to make as to whether we want to participate in it or not.
So if we're talking compassion, the first step is to abstain from feeding our children and ourselves, with another's life and pain.
I also want to mention that you say its important to give children a choice. First, as far as parents who buy their 3 year old McDonalds everyday to shut them up go (lucky enough to know one of these too), they aren't giving their child a choice. A child relies on his or her parents and trusts them to do whats right for them. So choosing to feed them things in excess, that are damaging to their bodies and their growth, is most definitely abuse, but I get you weren't exactly referring to those scenarios. But where a child's choice is truly taken away, is when a parent brainwashes them to abandon their compassion. A child will cry when he or she hears where their burger comes from; after being lied to about it their entire previous lives. And a parent and the rest of the world will tell that child they're being silly and that its "ok" and that "animals don't have feelings" and a slew of ridiculous, speciesist nonsense in order to take away that beautiful, natural compassion we are all born with as well as often punish them for critical thinking when they decide they don't agree and are often forbade from abstaining from eating these animal products (known LOTS of these).
I think these are the real issues. And I think that yes, our current way of eating and feeding our children is VERY abusive, just perhaps not in the ways most would think, but its time we START thinking.
this kind of stuff is why people get their kids taken away, stupid crap like this, then they wind up in foster car scarred for life over some bs that some rich idiot put in a bill because some self righteous pricks demanded happen without thinking of the outcome. granted the kids should not be living on junk food alone. If people don't want their kids eating junk food then the government should do something about the price of organic foods, and considering that they fall in line with agreement of creating GMO's the rich that can afford the good food keep there kids while the poor households are broken enough is enough!