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GDP doesn’t measure health

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This weekend marks the eighth anniversary of the U.S. war in Iraq. Who have these wars benefited? The American, Iraqi, Afghan and Libyan peoples? Or is it the much smaller group of defense contractors that profit from maintaining unwinnable wars paid for by U.S. taxpayers? Boeing, Raytheon, Northrup Grumman and Lockheed Martin receive billions of U.S. dollars while beneficial social services are cut. (The) weapons industry requires never-ending military actions to justify billion-dollar weapons programs, which ironically make the U.S. population less safe by creating a more dangerous and divided planet. Mindless consumption of disposable products is promoted at the individual level, causing countless physical and mental health complexes among our population, while industrial consumption of natural resources is degrading our planet. For these reasons, gross domestic product can no longer be considered a valid quantification of economic health. Instead it is a mark of inefficiencies in our medical and security systems, which profit when people get sick and die. It is at this moment a change in how we think and do business is crucial. Creating more localized economies that value healthy ecosystems and human populations is our best solution to our current problems, from local to global scale. Eric Tomczak, Auburn