Did you know the U.S. is now officially, on the record, opposed to encouraging breast feeding?
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 motherâ€™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 â€œprotect, promote and support breast-feedingâ€ 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.
The basic scam is that formula corporations give new mothers bottles and samples of formula and sell them on the “superiority” of formula over breast milk. Often the sales reps pose as nurses and other medical professionals. In third world countries this has tragic consequences, as parents don’t always have access to clean water often dilute the formula to reduce cost. Here’s an 2012 expose from Business Insider on the baby formula scam, which says that millions of babies around the globe have died or suffered malnutrition so that formula corporations can make money. See alsoÂ How formula milk firms target mothers who can least afford it.
Back to what went on in the UN:
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.
It’s not like American companies have a lock on the baby formula market. The worst offenders in the baby formula scam are Nestle (Swiss), Danone (French), and two U.S. companies, Mead Johnson and Abbott. This is just demented.
But that’s just one atrocity. See also:
The Trump administration said Saturday that it was suspending a program that pays billions of dollars to insurers to stabilize health insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act, a freeze that could increase uncertainty in the markets and drive up premiums this fall.
The fear is not only that Mr. Trump will spoil the â€œunityâ€ of the summit with harangues before flying to Helsinki for a far friendlierÂ meetingÂ with Russian President VladiÂmir Putin. It is that, having shrugged off the strong support for NATO among his national security team, he is bent on wrecking a multilateral organization he regards asÂ obsoleteÂ and a means for European nations to freeload at the expense of the United States.
Obviously, they never had a plan for reuniting families. See alsoÂ Kids as young as 1 in US court, awaiting reunion with family.