Well, that's a can o worms ain't it?
Diet, pollution, hormones in our foods, pesticides on our crops?
It has a lot to do with diet, and what a mother is eating when with child. We have over the last 15 years seen huge increases in autism, and the vaccines have not had the thimerosal in them since 1999, and the autism rates are STILL climbing. So, how long have we been using High Fructose Corn Syrup in just about everything we eat and drink? Some companies are not using the term HFCS or High Fructose Corn Syrup on the package anymore, using instead the term corn sugar in places that allow it. This is only ONE example of how corporate greed is more important than the health and well being of people in general. If I knew that something I was doing wasn't good for the people who were buying my products, I wouldn't consider it a product anymore. There are too many variables to answer the specific question of why autism has been increasing, but there is a lot of info about what is going into our food processes, that is NOT food at all. Ammonia to process pink slime (meat that is not a "cut", but the left on the bone bits that are not butcher's cuts. These bits, which are laden with bacteria like e. coli, and salmonella, are "cleaned" in a "process" that involves spraying the ammonia onto the meat particulate, and then turned in a vat for a while, then "rinsed" and flavors and chemicals are added to remove the ammonia taste from the pink slime.). If you feed your family chicken nuggets "with ribmeat" those products will have up to an allowable 15% of pink slime in them. So, between the pesticides that Monsanto is using (among other things they do), and the ammonia "washed" pink slime (burgers anyone?), and the mercury levels in our fish going up, and the pollution in the air being ignored, and no taxes from the rich assholes who care more about the bottom line than they do about the people they are selling to, we're pretty much screwed.
Get used to more autism, allergies, diabetes, obesity, and air & water pollution OR start getting on the Occupy movement and start getting the politicians weaned of the Corporate teat, and start serving as Statesmen again, instead of purchased politicians who server their Corporate Overlords.
Get involved. Be loud. Be determined. Make the changes that "We the People..." can LIVE with.
Oh yeah, and though there are purchased political people on both sides of the isle, DO NOT vote for crazy Republicans... They are easily bought, and have more desire for money than desire to serve those who voted for them. Remember, they think Ayne Rand is a symbol to live by... Me first, and everything and everyONE else be damned!
Vote in Statesmen, and stay on them about the real issues that matter. Healthcare, Corporate Regulation, Tax the Wealthy, Add Tariffs to even the playing field for Americans.
40 years of my 49 being aware of my surroundings.
A great desire to see my children live to adulthood.
Listen to some NON corporate news.
Thom Hartmann - http://www.thomhartmann.com/tv/watch
Rachel Maddow - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show/