Lethal but Legal

Lethal but Legal

Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health

Book - 2014
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Decisions made by the food, tobacco, alcohol, pharmaceutical, gun, and automobile industries have a greater impact on today's health than the decisions of scientists and policymakers. As the collective influence of corporations has grown, governments around the world have stepped back from their responsibility to protect public health by privatizing key services, weakening regulations, and cutting funding for consumer and environmental protection. Today's corporations are increasingly free to make decisions that benefit their bottom line at the expense of public health. Lethal but Legal examines how corporations have impacted -- and plagued -- public health over the last century, first in industrialized countries and now in developing regions. It is both a current history of corporations' antagonism towards health and an analysis of the emerging movements that are challenging these industries' dangerous practices. The reforms outlined here aim to strike a healthier balance between large companies' right to make a profit and governments' responsibility to protect their populations.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Oxford University Press,, [2014]
Description: xvi, 324 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780199937196
Branch Call Number: 362.1 Fre


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Apr 18, 2014

A very, very good book, unfortunately, the author, most knowledeable in his fields, doesn't grasp the overall macro reality of today. The concentrated corporation ownership by the banks - - had he carefully examined this he would have the answer to the dilemma. Until the actual ownership of those industries [food, tobacco, alcohol, pharmaceutical, munitions, automobiles] is exposed, every action and activity will be co-opted.

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