Sanitation

Clean water is the elixir of life – as essential for keeping clean as for drinking. Its shortage during the covid-19 pandemic is putting more than half of the global population at risk.

Staying Fit

For our muscles to stay in shape, we must exercise them. Rodents face a similar situation. But the need for physical exercise to stay fit is not the norm among animals.

Produce Nutritional Quality

Studies in the UK and US found declines in the nutritional quality of commercial produce since the mid-20th century, when agriculture became more industrialized in the wake of the so-called Green Revolution.

Milk

Milk is a mammal’s first food. Mother’s milk is the natural diet of infants. Breast feeding confers health benefits that last a lifetime. Beyond infancy, and aside from mother’s milk, the bodily damage from milk exceeds its nutritional benefit.

Antibiotics

2.8 million Americans are sickened by antibiotic-resistant pathogens each year. 35,000 die for lack of effective treatment. Meanwhile, companies doing their best to develop effective new drugs are going bankrupt. The situation illustrates one way in which capitalism is misaligned with the well-being of society.

Germs

The English term germ emerged from the French germe in the 1640s, which evolved from germen in Latin, meaning a biological genesis, as with seeds and buds. A germ as a “seed of a disease” was planted in English in 1796; that of harmful microbe in 1871. A century and a half later, germs are found winning against those who would label them as such.