The Baby Formula Crisis and the Failure of the Capitalist System

June 2, 2022 fwstaff

The roots of this crisis: the capitalist system itself. Time for change.

A May 25th opinion article in the Hill newsletter asks: “How could the closure of a single production plant trigger a national public health crisis and throw the entire food supply for millions of American infants into total chaos? And what’s being done to make sure it never happens again?”

“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates nearly 20 percent of infants under two consume baby formula to supplement their early nutrition. These innocent children are entirely reliant on the collective responsibility we share to make decisions that protect their wellbeing. We failed them. We can, and must, do better.” Lyndon Haviland, DrPH, MPH, is a distinguished scholar at the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy.  

The quest for profit overrode any concern for the welfare of the lives and health of millions of infants. The capitalist U.S. government, which proclaims itself above the corporations and the banks and protector of the people, proved once again that it is completely in the pocket of the billionaire class, of the owners of private productive property like Abbott.

This terrible crisis shows that a transformation of society is in order. It is time for the vast productive network to be taken away from private hands and placed under public ownership, by the workers and oppressed. It is time that production and distribution is guided by scientific planning designed for the benefit of all, not the enrichment of the few. In short, this crisis shows the need for revolutionary socialism.

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