They say not to believe everything you read on the internet. Another word of advice don’t believe everything that big industry tells you about their products! Yes, any company that is considered a part of a ‘big industry’ is not going to tell you everything about their product.
The Fishing Industry
Industries and the government tell us every day that consumers are the cause of pollution in our lakes, oceans, and seas with plastic straws. But why aren’t industries taking responsibility, like the fishing industry and the greater than 50% of ocean plastic they’re contributing with their fishing gear?
“Just looked it up, 75-86% of the great pacific garbage patch is fishing-related gear!”
It’s old news about cigarettes and how they cause cancer and other health issues. This is why many current and past smokers have switched to e-cigarettes, but are they better? Full disclosure by the manufacturers of these new gems doesn’t include the metal flakes that have been found in their ‘non-tobacco’ products.
“Vaping as a “cure” to smoking – that addiction for me was harder to break than anything I’ve experienced!”
The plastic bag. Has it really helped our environment? The plastic industry pressures the public into recycling, convincing us that it works. When in truth, “only about 5% of plastic actually gets recycled in the USA. Most of the rest winds up in a landfill.” Instead of the plastic industry pressuring the public, we need to turn the blame around on them to use less in production.
The Food Industry
“There are an absurd amount of ‘food industry-funded research’ about what is and is not healthy.” Then they make the healthy options more expensive, to which the public responds by spending more choosing the cheap food options and dealing with the high cost of medical treatments.
Big Pharma – Bayer Products
“Bayer literally causes and (tries to) cure Parkinson. And indeed, they don’t hesitate to manipulate research.” Then there is the fact that Bayer owns Monsanto which manufactures Roundup, and that Bayer owns Cutter Labs which manufactured the polio vaccine in the 1950s. Consideration of both situations should include that Bayer didn’t buy either of these companies until after the faulty products were manufactured and distributed. But then they made blood products for hemophilia that were found to be HIV contaminated and shipped those products overseas.
“In the 2000s farmers paid for a HUGE milk campaign that it was amazing for calcium and gave us strong bones AND muscles.” They touted that calcium was good for our muscles and strong bones. Now, studies are finding that it may have made our bones more brittle, in part there wasn’t as much calcium as campaigns said there was.
“It is thought that the alcohol industry might be severely under representing how bad even the most casual of drinking is to the body.” It is a class 1 carcinogen, the same as tobacco. There isn’t any safe consumption of alcohol. The flip side of the argument, drinking in moderation is just like consuming ham, bacon, or other foods.
Crypto seems to be the way of the future, but many are saying Crypto is “awful for our environment, worse then oil. Others are saying crypto or NFTs are not all bad, but because of the lack of knowledge for the average person, bashing it with no care to actual fact, is spreading misinformation.”
Every year Apple introduces a new Apple phone. “They advertise new models constantly. But the idea that they brick older ones to force upgrades is just false unless you expect a smartphone to last 8 years minimum.” Social media and commercials put pressure on us to get the newest thing or be left out. If your iPhone 8 is still making calls, sending texts, and taking pictures, then there’s no need to upgrade to the next one.
Outdoor Equipment and Gear
“In the outdoor gear industry (backpacking, etc.). The improvements they make are minimal at best but they still come out with new models of tents/sleeping bags/backpacks every year.” Then the manufacturers use social media and commercials to grab our attention. Many of the gimmicks give us unnecessary features that prove to be not functional. If your current mountain bike is getting you there, is there really a ‘need’ to get the latest and greatest?
Are home warranty providers offering a valuable service or a ripping-off the market? Ask most homeowners who have taken a home warranty contract and they will tell you “they are actually designed to replace covered appliances, lowball things.” And “they always seem to come up with an excuse as to why it isn’t covered.”
Electric cars are becoming more and more popular, and Tesla may be leading the way for the other EVs. Some are disputing just how helpful they really are for the carbon footprint and environment. How much could a Tesla be helping the environment if we keep trading them in ever so often for a new one? Wouldn’t that be the same as buying a new car… “If there isn’t anything wrong with your old one don’t buy another.”
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