It is no secret the United Nations works diligently to work as the world’s one government, placing itself above the governments of sovereign nation duly established by the inhabitants of those nations. Unfortunately, many nations will concede to UN pressure, under the delusion that without the UN the world would descend into all out war. Yet, the world’s governments cannot seem to see that more wars have been fought and are ongoing since the establishment of the United Nations. A few days ago, the United Nations “urged” all world nations to institute a tax on sugary drinks, to include natural fruit juice, in order to combat obesity.This UN push for a tax on sugary drinks, to include fruit juice, comes on the heels of a World Health Organization 36-page report released on none other than World Obesity Day blaming the rise of consumption of sports drinks, sodas and pure fruit juices on a doubling of world obesity rates from 1980 to 2014. In their rationale, a 20 percent tax on these type drinks would result in the comparable reduction in consumption as government taxes on tobacco had reduced smoking rates.
The Washington Time reported:
While private critics and the beverage industry say higher taxes have not proven effective in many cases, the U.N. agency said there was “strong evidence” that taxes can be a “very important tool” in the fight to reduce the consumption of “sugar-sweetened beverages.”
Soft drinks aren’t the only target of the U.N. tax push. Temo Waqanivalu, a colleague of Dr. Bettcher in the WHO department, said the tax should be levied on every beverage product containing “free sugars,” including soda pop, fruit drinks, fruit-based alcoholic drinks such as cordials, energy and sports drinks, breakfast drinks and even “100 percent fruit juices.”
Are we really to believe that a tax on “sugary drinks” will reduce obesity through reducing consumption? It will reduce consumption, but “sugary drinks” are not the sole cause of obesity.
As a former nurse and someone who has spent the last 8 months with a personal trainer to get in shape fighting the dreaded nuisance of being overweight, it was not sugary drinks that caused weight gain since those type beverages are rarely consumed. The nuisance of being overweight was multi-disciplined — eating too much of the wrong food, lack of adequate exercise, and sitting behind the computer too much. In other words, it was an imbalance of what goes in versus what was expended.
As technology and modern conveniences increase, the strenuous activity level of individuals decreases. People begin to take in more calories than they are expending. Moreover, more individuals struggle to purchase healthy non-processed foods on current pay rates as inflation spirals. As more and more families need two incomes to survive, healthy choices are often discarded for “faster” solutions and more processed foods are offered and consumed under time constraints.
But, the solution of any “governing” body or “governing body wannabe” is to immediately declare a villain then tax the daylights out of it. And, once the “government” gets the money by convincing the inhabitants of the nation to vote for a new tax where the money will go toward health care and “exercise” programs, that government is then free to mismanage those funds as all the other taxpayer funded programs. The united States government is excellent at mismanagement of funds with Social Security a prime example.
As the Washington Times points out, “The debate comes amid what health experts say is a rising global rate of obesity and diseases tied to weight and diet.” With 2 billion of the world’s population over 18 overweight and 13 percent being clinically obese, it is expected that an increase in diseases tied to weight and diet would appear. However, man does not live by sugary drink alone.
Let’s not forget that the World Health Organization happens to be an organization under the United Nations. “WHO officials say that the U.S. is no longer the leading consumer of sugar-sweetened beverages, surpassed by Mexico and Chile, with consumption also sharply up in China and sub-Saharan Africa.”
The tax on sugary drinks has been tried in the past. Look to the Danish for an example. The Danish government instituted a “sugar tax” on soda in the 1930s only to abandon it in 2014. The Danes, instead of paying the tax, crossed the border into Sweden and Germany to avoid it.
But, none of this is about getting more of the world’s population healthier. It is about control and suppression through increasing taxes.
As industrialized nations use more automated technology, more jobs become sedentary, and conveniences in the home and public lessen physical exertion, people are less active but still consuming the same amount of food and calories as though their activity level were moderate or active. The result is a more overweight population. Throw in countless hours in front of the TV and computer, it is no wonder that the people of the world are expanding in mass en masse.
The solution is not the extortion of money from people to put in the government coffers. If punishment were a deterrent, there would be no more murders or crime. Individuals have to be motivated to increase their physical activity, decrease their caloric intake and intake foods in the proper nutritional proportions. Fresh fruits and vegetables should be first choices, not last due to cost. Processed foods should be kept to a minimum or discontinued all together. Those in temperate climates can grow their own vegetables, even in small spaces. In fact, on the little one acre tract where my house is located, a 40 to 50 foot by 25 to 30 foot space in one year grows corn, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, squash, butter peas, butter beans, green beans, okra, cabbage, lettuce, mustard greens, spinach, onions, and potatoes, as well as provides a very nice flower bed of irises, day lilies, hibiscus, marigolds, zinnias, Echinacea flowers, chrysanthemums, lavender, humming bird flowers and canna lilies, a compost pile, and an area for disposal of limbs and yard debris. The flowers help attract bees for pollination.
The yard holds two pecan trees, two pear fruit bearing trees, two fig bushes, and a black walnut tree.
Pesticides are used rarely in order to preserve the bee population and other beneficial garden dwellers, such as spiders. Soil samples are taken to the local county extension office to determine mineral content, which determines the fertilizer for certain crops and ensures the soil is free of detrimental bacteria. Crops are rotated in the small space annually. A drilled well provides plenty of water during times of drought and little rain.
While many scoff at a garden because of the pre-conceived time constraints, my parents, while working, cared for a garden yearly. The small space produced more than could be eaten in a season. The abundance was canned or frozen. Some plants were left for seeds to use the next season because only heirlooms crops were used. It requires a sacrifice for certain. One has to give up those Saturday afternoon professional and college football games. During the growing season, evenings are spent in the garden instead of in front of the TV set after supper. And, everyone in the family is expected to participate if you expect to eat.
For crops that could not be grown in the small space, those were bought from the local farmers’ market or the local farms that allow one to pick their own crops. Out of season crops or crops that cannot be grown locally are still purchased at the grocery store. But, the bulk of the vegetables are produced in the back yard.
Much of this knowledge of gardening comes from spending countless years on a small family farm. However, with the advent of the internet providing free access to information, anyone can learn to have that “green thumb” and provide at least a portion of their diet through growing their own crops. Individuals who have smaller spaces can still grow plenty of vegetables during the growing season to feed themselves through creative use of space.
Instead of governments helping their inhabitants toward a more healthy diet and lifestyle, their answer is to tax, tax, and tax some more those items villainized as responsible for the problem. Laws are created locally and nationally to discourage and penalize those trying to be more self sufficient. More and more governments are taking control of the food supply and big corporations are infecting the food supply with their poisonous GMO foods.
Once you understand that this is about control, not health, and look at what government and government body wannabes do in response to problems, it will become clear the goal is dependence, not independence. It is easier to control people when the people are dependent upon government than it is for government to control people who are independent.
Simple steps first, though. Begin to get more exercise, decrease your caloric intake, drink plenty of plain old-fashioned water, decrease the intake of processed foods, and take in food in the proper nutrient proportions. This will go further in the fight against obesity than paying a tax on your sugary drinks.