Originally Posted by Beckiboo
Why on earth would you think missionary groups are in on this?!? And how could formula companies convince people to do this?!?
I agree that it is a horrible practice, and definitely needs to be stopped, but this post just floored me!
All groups, missionary or not, who provide powder formula without clean water and no health care for when the babies get sick because the mothers can't get clean water are "in" on it, unintentionally, even if they don't mean to make things not-exactly-better.
I shouldn't have worded it that way, I didn't mean to offend... I just meant that it seems to me that a lot of groups doing a lot of good with the right intentions without fully thinking out the consequences of their actions.
And if you think big companies don't bid to get contracts and/or compete to "give" their products away, well, lemme just say I've heard stories. Go watch The Constant Gardner, it's eye opening if you've never considered the possibility that drug companies, formula companies, and any other company that provides aid to Africa isn't a part of a bigger problem intentionally or not.
I hope that's a little more clear now... I was having a bad day because I just read about a missionary group that faked all their materials that they sent to the families who gave. A very devout aunt-in-law of mine found out and was devastated.
I guess I am too!
Call me idealistic and altruistic, but I DO think that it is possible for a company to be ethical, I just don't see any that last. Capitalism doesn't care how ethical you are, and neither do international trade agreements.