There are so many ways in which a person’s rights are violated on a day to day basis, often without them even knowing about it. One of the most prevalent examples of this is the effects on their health that they have little or no control over. Whether they are travelling across the great outdoors, walking along a city street or just relaxing inside their homes, people are under assault from an environment that should be healthy for them but often is not.
So how do we recognize when our rights to a healthy life are being violated and what can we do about it?
Defining Right from Wrong
First of all, it helps to put a definition on how this actually violates a person’s own rights to be healthy.
Civilized society creates various laws to protect citizens from a variety of violations that can impact their lives. These include protection and recourse against personal injury, violence, robbery, fraud, libel and a whole host of other aspects of civilized life that a governing body of publicly elected people can confer on their charges. Those laws also protect an individual’s health up to a point, but become less effective when certain elements come into play.
Governments will claim that they have little power to produce and then enforce certain laws over the way in which the environment happens to exist in any given place. For instance, it would be fruitless to attempt to control the weather or the tides, or to place limits on the amount of sunlight is available each day. But it can place controls on the way in which humans interact with that environment in ways that could bring harm to others.
A major area is agriculture. Crops are routinely sprayed with a cocktail of lethal chemicals several times in every growing season. The existing controls in place over what chemical concoctions can or cannot be used are far too lenient and it is well known that extended exposure to these chemicals can be detrimental to a person’s health. Yet little is done to curb their use, with the excuse being made that we need the food to live and in order to make sure it is produced, we have to use chemicals to promote their production.
Keeping Your House in Order
While the individual can do little to sway the working practices of large industries such as agriculture, they can keep their own house in order. One way to do this is in only buying those foods that are certified organic and thus effectively snubbing the large growers and users of so many unhealthy chemicals.
A healthier house is a happier house and you can read more about it here: www.healthierhouse.com. Just make sure you do what you can. If every consumer did the same, large industries would be forced to change their working practises to obey and appease their customers and their human rights by ultimately falling into line with the way in which they spend the dollars in their pockets.