First we heard they steal babies and children from their parents, and then lose them in a bureaucratic maze with no exit. Now we learn they tried to interfere with the World Health Organization’s attempt to support and promote breastfeeding.
The New York Times, in the Sunday July 8 2018 edition, has an article reporting the attempts by the United States last spring to scuttle a resolution that says “Based on decades of research,… mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes.”
The NYT also reports “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.”
I detect profit motives at work here, don’t you? Nobody can charge Mom for their products if she’s making her own.
The United States representatives, it’s reported, threatened countries who supported the resolution with cuts to their foreign aid and military assistance programs. Ecuador was planning to introduce the resolution, but was strong-armed by the US to withdraw. Several other countries were also threatened.
In a bizarre case of “they’re just messing with us now”, Russia stepped up and introduced the measure. In an off-the-record comment, a Russian representative to the commission said, “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.” The US did not, according to reporting, object or threaten the Russians, although they did try to delay the proceedings through procedural maneuvers. According to the NYT, the “American negotiators did get language removed that called on the W.H.O. to provide technical support to member states seeking to halt “inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children.” ”
That the United States would be against breastfeeding is something out of the Twilight Zone, but it’s Trump’s way of Making America Great Again. Apparently by taking those dangerous breasts away from babies.
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