Suburban/Urban sprawl is responsible for so many of our country's (and the world's) problems. Where I live you can't walk just anywhere, everything is very spread apart. We are totally dependent on automobiles, which in turn increases obesity rates, pollution, and wastes our money. While people living in a urban area can easily walk to the market, or to school, get exercise, save the enviorment, and save money. Until very recently I have been against living in larger cities, but that was before I considered the consequence of the driving time from my home to town (which is about 20 minutes no matter which route you take) and we go into town nearly everyday. Can you imagine the pollution we emit into the air? And that's how it is here, you hardly ever see anyone on bike or on foot. You have to drive to get to the green way, there are so many barren, tree-less developments of cookie cutter homes, there aren't hardly any sidewalks(with the exception of downtown areas), and you see lots of obese people, LOTS. Whole families, men, women, and children ~ morbidly obese. This is something that I cannot stand. Suburban sprawl is hurting too many things and only helping one. Big Business.
America (and I'm sure some other nations) as a whole has decided to label everything "green", "organic", and many other "safe" words. Is this to make us feel better? Feel that we are living enviormentally correct, cruelty free, and generally better than yesterday? Well, yes, but I also believe it is to make us buy more crap. The Wal-Mart in my town has taken down the huge lighted sign from the yard of their store and instead placed a simple looking sign with an old looking hanging light, painted the building brown, and changed the floor to partial fake wood, but why? To make you forget, to make you stop thinking. Wal-Mart (as well as many other corporations) are putting up a facade. Wal-Mart still uses slave labor of children(and adults, I'm sure) in Asian(and probably other) countries, so does Nike, and PLENTY other companies. The people in charge of the "big business" in America want you to think that the dish soap you bought from Wal-Mart is better for the enviorment because they put natural on the label. If you wash your plastic dishes with dish detergent the plastic will grab on to carcinogens from the soap. Just because it says "natural" "organic" or whatever doesn't really mean much. There are very faded lines around what a product has to be to be organic, there aren't any lines around what is natural.
Is it ok with you that we are being lied to constantly by the very people who produce our food? If we don't fix this very serious problem who will?
Here's a link for you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_sprawl