Consumerism

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consumerism


There is enough food for every person on earth to consume 2500 calories a day, not
including fruit or roots. It is odd that despite this fact there is still an overwhelming
level of poverty in the world. The wealthiest 20% of the world receive most of the food in
the world and spend huge amounts of money to purchase all this food. In order for the
elite to live at the standard it does, the majority of the world must go without. Millions
starve because the elite prefer death of the hungry to their own inconvenience. This
situation is not easily remedied. First, people must begin to understand that they must
eat only as much food as they need. Many would argue that they never have any leftovers
and that all the food in their house gets eaten with little thrown away. This is good in
the sense that food itself is not being wasted, but every American doesn't need to eat as
much food as they do. When a high percentage of people in this country are overweight and
most people in third world countries are ghastly underweight and undernourished, then it
is apparent that the citizens of this country must consume much less food. After
understanding the issue at hand, Americans must then stop eating three to four meals a day
and stop stuffing themselves at every meal. This would be hard to accomplish because this
would mean making a sacrifice, which the rich already have big problems with, but also
because the food-producing corporations would do everything in their power to stop this
from happening. There is no market for these corporations in small third-world countries
where they may have to sell their products at lower prices and no longer make astronomical
profits.

On an anti-consumerism website, these chilling statistics are given to show that America
and the world's richest are destroying our planet rapidly. "The United States, which has
6% of the world's population, uses 30% of the world's energy supply. 20% of the worlds
population, (in other words its wealthy consumer class), is responsible for over 50% of
its 'greenhouse effect' atmospheric pollutants, 90% of its ozone-depleting CFC gases, 96%
of its radioactive waste... and so on "(enviroweb.org). Many may say that the reason for
these embarrassing statistics is because the United States is the largest industrialized
nation in the world. This argument is not valid because every other industrialized nation
in the world combined is larger than the United States, but each of these nations
separately do not produce nearly as much of these poisons into our environment. It is
because these countries care more about the environment than making money by selling and
producing products that are harmful to the environment. This is why with the Kyoto
Accords, all major industrial nations agreed to cut emissions; all except for the United
States. It is obvious that this agreement will fail without US involvement just by looking
at aforementioned statistics. It is unclear at first why the United States refuses to cut
down on pollution. It becomes clear when one realizes that big corporations with the help
of lawmakers are doing all they can to make money, and that the environment is expendable
as long as destroying it will increase profit opportunities. The consumer could easily
refuse to buy products from companies that are listed as major polluters, but this would
once again be an inconvenience to the public. These corporations think not about the
future, but only about the present. They are destroying their own country by logging
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