“My birfday’s in the spring and spring’s coming, right? My birfday’s coming up soon!” Princess reasons.
“Soon it will be spring, but first winter,” I tell her.
“My birfday’s coming up!”
The whole year’s important dates seem only relevant in terms of Princess’ birthday. She’s targeted that day, focussing on thrill factors: balloons, cake and presents.
Hunters are now out targeting too. Pepper’s scratching at the front door each time she hears a shot. I’ll replace the weather stripping soon because she’s eaten most of it off.
Hunters in their camouflage are after birds. Pepper who will hang from a caragana branch by her mouth because she craves them that (painfully) much. If not for her fear of gunshot, she’d have made a great bird dog for some hunter.
Recently I heard about another great hunt: tobacco companies are targeting our children with candy flavoured products and candy like packaging. How clever of them and how evil, too, since we know beyond doubt that tobacco products cause cancer.
Half of all teenage smokers surveyed admit to using new tobacco flavours: watermelon, grape, cherry. Fruit flavours because we’ve taught kids fruit is good and candy-like packaging is so seductive in our sugar coated consumer age.
Although the federal government introduced some laws in an attempt to prevent Big Tobacco from targeting children, they left too many loopholes and the smart hunters easily navigated their way around the law. They’re expert hunters and they want our kids.
Perhaps we should be alarmed, but the dangers of candy have simply slipped right by us, so carcinogenic tobacco products disguised as candy will be just as elusive.
Sugar, also known as “white death,” is an ingredient in nearly all processed food, and this substance, in addition to feeding diabetes, obesity and a host of other life-robbers, may also feeds cancer.
Doctor and Nobel Laureate Otto Wartburg essentially argues that refined sugar feeds cancer and not consuming said substance starves cancer, giving the body a chance to heal. That tobacco companies employ candy flavours and packaging ideas to target lifetime consumers of carcinogenic tobacco only makes sense given the sugar/candy addictions of many North Americans.
Teaching my kids to live from the farm now demands I continually teach scrutiny to the hunted.