- Biased and misleading reporting and marketing of food and health advice adversely affect people’s lives.
Young adults should care, parents should care, anyone who’s responsible for groceries should care. why? Because ill-informed choices can affect the long-term health of people and their loved ones.
The problem is that a lot of misinformation and manipulation takes place when it comes to people’s food choices without them even realising or knowing. Low-fat foods were touted as good for you, but now we know that the fat is replaced with excess sweeteners. Supermarket aisles are laid out in a way that forces you to walk through all the processed and packaged foods, keeping whole foods, dairy and frozen foods around the edges. Coca-cola encourages exercise and funds research to imply that what you eat isn’t as important as long as you exercise enough. Companies utilise people’s desire for convenience, utilising people’s perceived lack of time.
I want to create more informed consumers, ensuring people actually make healthy decisions when they believe they’re making them.
- Could this include addressing root cause, which is people’s perceived lack of time?
- The way we often use technology is numbing our sense of perception.
Young adults need to care, as they are the ones that are impacted the most, and the decisions they make regarding this will impact generations to come.
The problem is that the way many different technologies (e.g. smartphones, laptops, video streaming) are often used, negatively impacts our relationships, our health, our time management and overall quality of life. The reason being, we become out of touch with people around us and with our own bodies. You can’t accurately tell how hungry or full you are while watching Netflix. Young children feel neglected, like their parents are on the phone ‘all the time’, whereas mothers miss out on vital communication with their babies when browsing their phones while breastfeeding. Children can no longer be ‘bored’ when given screens as distractions, missing out on creative development. Don’t learn how to cure their own boredom.
I want to create systems that help reduce excess use of technology and that increase people’s awareness of their surroundings, their relationships, and themselves.
- Upcoming advancements in genetic engineering and other powerful technologies may be misused and lead to unethical norms.
Young adults and teenagers need to care as these technologies could become a part of their everyday lives, or they may become major policymakers.
The problem is that people are not aware of biotechnological developments and therefore may inadvertently let unethical situations become the norm. Technologies like genetically modifying human embryos are embroiled in controversy. They can lead to unethical policies being made. For example, genetically modified crops have patents surrounding them that force poorer farmers to pay royalties they can’t afford.
I want to present the ethical discourse in an accessible way to young adults to encourage them to think critically about the technologies and the impact they may have.
- How else can I practically engage with this topic without talking about policies?