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Utopia Talk / Politics / Trump opposes breast sucking
| Sun Jul 08 14:15:27|
A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.
Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes.
Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations.
American officials sought to water down the resolution by removing language that called on governments to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding” and another passage that called on policymakers to restrict the promotion of food products that many experts say can have deleterious effects on young children.
When that failed, they turned to threats, according to diplomats and government officials who took part in the discussions. Ecuador, which had planned to introduce the measure, was the first to find itself in the cross hairs.
The Americans were blunt: If Ecuador refused to drop the resolution, Washington would unleash punishing trade measures and withdraw crucial military aid. The Ecuadorean government quickly acquiesced.
The showdown over the issue was recounted by more than a dozen participants from several countries, many of whom requested anonymity because they feared retaliation from the United States.
Health advocates scrambled to find another sponsor for the resolution, but at least a dozen countries, most of them poor nations in Africa and Latin America, backed off, citing fears of retaliation, according to officials from Uruguay, Mexico and the United States.
“We were astonished, appalled and also saddened,” said Patti Rundall, the policy director of the British advocacy group Baby Milk Action, who has attended meetings of the assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, since the late 1980s.
“What happened was tantamount to blackmail, with the U.S. holding the world hostage and trying to overturn nearly 40 years of consensus on best way to protect infant and young child health,” she said.
In the end, the Americans’ efforts were mostly unsuccessful. It was the Russians who ultimately stepped in to introduce the measure — and the Americans did not threaten them.
The confrontation was the latest example of the Trump administration siding with corporate interests on numerous public health and environmental issues.
In talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Americans have been pushing for language that would limit the ability of Canada, Mexico and the United States to put warning labels on junk food and sugary beverages, according to a draft of the proposal reviewed by The New York Times.
During the same Geneva meeting where the breast-feeding resolution was debated, the United States succeeded in removing statements supporting soda taxes from a document that advises countries grappling with soaring rates of obesity.
The Americans also sought, unsuccessfully, to thwart a W.H.O. effort aimed at helping poor countries obtain access to lifesaving medicines. Washington, supporting the pharmaceutical industry, has long resisted calls to modify patent laws as a way of increasing drug availability in the developing world, but health advocates say the Trump administration has ratcheted up its opposition to such efforts.
A Russian delegate said the decision to introduce the breast-feeding resolution was a matter of principle.
“We’re not trying to be a hero here, but we feel that it is wrong when a big country tries to push around some very small countries, especially on an issue that is really important for the rest of the world,” said the delegate, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
(the full long article... i cut out around half)
TLDR: the USA is willing to threaten every country (except Russia) for the benefit of corporations over health/environment
| Sun Jul 08 15:03:47|
Of course he's against it. There's a lot of money to be made selling formula
| Sun Jul 08 15:07:36|
USA is run by a mafia. Gangsters.
| Sun Jul 08 15:11:44|
lol gangstas. just ordinary gangstas.
world not listen 2 americans? threaten them!!!
pure 1st class bully behaviour lololol
and over what. baby milk. lmfuckincrazy
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| Sun Jul 08 19:28:04|
This is so pathetic on several levels.
| Sun Jul 08 23:05:46|
"American officials sought to water down the resolution by removing language that called on governments to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding” and another passage that called on policymakers to restrict the promotion of food products that many experts say can have deleterious effects on young children."
So basically the UN wants the government to pay money to promote breast feeding and wants the government to restrict or ban free speech by limiting how and when companies can advertise or otherwise promote their products.
If/when it passes it won't be applied in the United States anyway because UN rules do not usurp our nations laws.
| Mon Jul 09 19:23:46|
"The resolution was later introduced by Russia. At that point, the U.S. did not fight back, the Times noted."
Go figure! :o)
| Mon Jul 09 19:38:51|
I am not quite certain that Trump is involved in every minor decision such as this.
I may be wrong on this one, but it may be just a minor flunky flexing their muscle.
| Mon Jul 09 20:01:50|
Why does the govt need to be involved in breast feeding?
| Mon Jul 09 20:20:54|
Why does anyone?
If a woman can decide to terminate her pregnancy, why can't a woman that has given birth feed her child?
| Mon Jul 09 20:27:33|
"why can't a woman that has given birth feed her child?"
cause putin said nay.
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