And now we have rumours that car manufacturers have been fiddling their exhaust emissions for petrol-driven cars! Are car manufacturers any less responsible than any other manufacturers? Not really. They’re all human. And all humans will attempt to get away with anything short of murder in order to protect their jobs. And when one gets away with it, it’s a race to the bottom among all the others.
The key point is whether irresponsible behaviour is detectable or not and, having been detected, whether the general public are educated enough to understand the implications. For example, because children are not taught basic physiology and health care at school, cigarette manufacturers had full freedom to destroy lungs for decades before good sense finally percolated among most of the population.
The same applies to the addition of sugar to processed foods. Tbis will take another two or three decades of education before any real progress is made. If anything, this is even more important than cigarette smoking because we are all steadily heading towards eating more processed foods and ready-made meals — they are cheaper, are often a great deal more tasty than home-cooked fodder and save large amounts of time for more leisure activities. For some, of course, cooking is a superb leisure activity — and all strength to them — but for the rest of us it’s a chore as we continue to eat at restaurants more frequently and buy more ready-made meals for home.